Terry Pashley will continue in his role as caretaker manager as we take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate – aiming for back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
Burnley v Bristol City
7.45pm – Ashton Gate – nPower Championship
Referee: Lee Collins [8 Games – 23 Yellows/1 Red]
Pashley could be tempted to field the same starting XI that was victorious over Blackpool at the weekend, with the recalled Brian Stock particularly impressing.
This would mean Michael Duff would continue in the centre of defence and David Edgar would once again have to settle for a place on the bench after returning from international duty with Canada.
Danny Ings will continue to push for a recall after injury, but it is expected he will once again miss out.
Charlie Austin is looking to equal a goalscoring record set by Ray Pointer over 50 years ago. He has scored in his last seven league and cup games for the Club.
Bristol City will be without several key players for tonight’s clash with Greg Cunningham (ankle), Marvin Elliot (hernia) and Neil Kilkenny (hamstring) all missing.
Loan signing Stephen McManus will continue in the centre of defence.
Manager: Derek McInnes
Terry Pashley’s opposition in the Ashton Gate dugout tomorrow will be the diminutive figure of Derek McInnes. The former Scotland international should be no stranger to Burnley fans, having been linked with the Turf Moor managerial position on multiple occasions due to comparisons with Owen Coyle. McInnes took the reigns at St. Johnstone – following Coyle’s departure to Turf Moor in 2007 – and led the club back into the SPL after winning the Scottish First Division. After four years in charge of the Perth-based club, he decided to move down south last season and take over from Keith Millen, helping the Robins comfortably survive relegation.
Going into this game, Bristol City currently sit 21st in the table after picking up eleven points from their previous eleven fixtures. Despite being one of the bookies’ pre-season favourites to go down, Derek McInnes’ men started encouragingly picking up several impressive wins. However, their good form has come to a stuttering halt in recent weeks as the Robins have now failed to win in five after Saturday’s defeat to Bolton – a game in which they held a two-goal lead.
Dangerman: Sam Baldock
Leading the line for Bristol City tonight will be the club’s top scorer, Sam Baldock. The striker was signed from West Ham during the summer for an undisclosed fee and has so far hit four goals for his new club. After coming through the MK Dons academy, he quickly established himself as one of the division’s hottest prospects, top scoring for the club as they won the Football League Trophy. A lack of opportunities at the Hammers after a big money move prompted Baldock to move to the south-west where he will be hoping to settle for the forthcoming years.
Just For Fun
Marcus Trescothick – the former England cricketer is widely known as a Robins fan after admitting he used to be an Ashton Gate season ticket holder when he was younger. The Somerset legend was made honorary vice-president of the club following his sterling efforts during England’s 2005 Ashes win.