Burnley face the daunting task of travelling to the Welsh capital tomorrow – looking to become the first team this season to come away with a point from the Cardiff City Stadium.
Burnley v Cardiff City
3.00pm – Cardiff City Stadium – nPower Championship
Referee: Nigel Miller [12 Games – 38 Yellows/0 Reds]
Tuesday’s enthralling 4-3 win over Bristol City should act as a huge confidence boost to the Clarets, as the team goes in search of their third consecutive win under Terry Pashley.
Ross Wallace will face a late fitness test as he bids to shake off a hamstring problem that forced him out of the game on Tuesday.
In his absence, Martin Paterson was given a recall to the starting XI and the Northern Ireland star did his chances of starting tomorrow no harm by scoring his second goal of the season.
Ben Mee will definitely miss out through suspension – after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season – and Joseph Mills is expected to deputise.
Having equalled Ray Pointer’s long-standing record of scoring in eight consecutive appearances on Tuesday night, Charlie Austin can go one further and break it tomorrow.
Danny Ings, after coming on late at Ashton Gate, could again be among the substitutes.
Cardiff will give late fitness tests to Craig Bellamy (ankle) and Tommy Smith (hamstring) who are both struggling with their respective injuries.
Nicky Maynard will definitely miss out after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during September.
Manager: Malky Mackay
A colossal defender during his playing days, Mackay has adapted seamlessly from the role of playing to becoming a manager, earning rave reviews in the process. After being an understudy to Brendan Rodgers at Watford, Mackay obtained the Hornets role in 2009 and helped the club to the higher echelons of the table, before eventually falling away. A lucrative move to Cardiff followed and the good form continued as Mackay helped lead the club into the final of the League Cup and secure a play-off position as well. Unfortunately for Cardiff, it wasn’t to be. But with the astute man management skills of Mackay, they will certainly be confident of succeeding soon.
The Dragons (as weird as it sounds) are flying at the moment and currently sit comfy as joint leaders of the Championship. After so many near misses in recent seasons, the Malaysian owners – who have backed Mackay heavily – will be hoping this is the season they finally achieve their aim of Premier League football. The team currently boasts a 100% record at home and recent wins over Blackpool and Birmingham have only emphasised their dominance. A 3-1 loss to Nottingham Forest last weekend has at least shown the team can be beaten.
Dangerman: Peter Whittingham
The curious case of Peter Whittingham? While on loan with both ourselves and Derby, it’s fair to say – he wasn’t a real success. However, a move to Cardiff from Aston Villa in 2007 has helped the former England Under-21 international develop into one of the Championship’s best. Mainly an attacking midfielder these days, Whittingham regularly scores over ten goals a season, which is impressive considering the withdrawn position he usually plays. If allowed the time, Whittingham could easily dictate tomorrow’s game, so the Burnley midfield will have to be on top form.
Just For Fun
A new category in just for fun..specific to Cardiff. What were the owners doing re-branding this famous old club? Football sadly, is become a mere commercial toy to some and it’s the fans that are suffering. Rant over.
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