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Burnley Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 20/03/2003

TOWN go into this second successive away game in the middle of one of their best runs of the season, something that needs to continue with a result against a Burnley side who have lost their last four games, but it won’t be easy with Town already having lost 4-0 at Turf Moor this season.

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The Bottom Line

Town need to continue their decent run and try and pull away from the bottom three. They also need to make the most of John Oster in a match that could be his last game for Town this season.

The Opposition - Any Good?

The Clarets have a squad with potential to be one of the best in this division, especially in attack, a fact the Town defence know all to well about having conceded eleven in three games against them. With three of these goals is attacker Gareth Taylor (left) who might head their strikeforce along with Ian Moore, son of Ronnie Moore, whose Rotherham side of course lost to Town in midweek. In midfield, the industrious Paul Cook will be joined by winger Glenn Little who returned to the side in midweek against Leicester. At the back, Drissa Diallo and David Arthur Gnohere will hope to keep Town at bay in a fixture that has seen 18 goals in three games this season!

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John Oster

Ian Moore

This could be John Osters last game in a Grimsby shirt unless a deal is struck between Sunderland and Town for the Welsh international’s services. Scorer of Town’s winner against Rotherham in the week, Oster has undoubtedly been a major influence on the Mariners season and Paul Groves will be hoping his services will be secured for longer. His value to Town is unquestionable and will once again be the player to watch for the Mariners.

Lightening quick striker whose skill and movement have teased the Town defence already this season, scoring four goals against the Mariners. He is the Lancashire sides record signing after he joined the Clarets for £1 million in 2000 from Stockport County. A crowd favourite, Moore, has netted 11 goals this season and will no doubt cause problems for the Town defence yet again on Saturday.

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Kabba 6
Campbell 6
Oster 6

Blake 13
Taylor 12
Moore 11

Team News



  • Town may be unchanged from the side that they selected for Tuesday’s game with Rotherham providing Darren Barnard passes a late fitness test. The Welsh international took a knock on Tuesday night and had to be substituted.

  • Should he fail to make it then Stacy Coldicott would replace him, but he too has hurt his achilles, which means that Chris Bolder may be in the squad should both not be passed fit.

  • 'Keeper Danny Coyne is someone else who took a knock on Tuesday night and is a slight doubt, but should be fine for the Clarets clash.
  • Clarets boss Stan Ternent may be tempted to change his side yet again after a poor run of results recently. However, after making a few changes on Tuesday night and saying how he was quite pleased with his sides performance, he may name a similar or unchanged side.

  • Alan Moore could be recalled in midfield instead of Lee Briscoe after some decent performances, while Gareth Taylor will miss out yet again through injury.
  • Probable Starting XI's


    Danny Coyne
    John McDermott
    Simon Ford
    George Santos
    Tony Gallimore
    Stuart Campbell
    Richard Hughes
    Paul Groves
    John Oster
    Stacy Coldicott
    Darren Mansaram
    Marlon Beresford
    Dean West
    David Athur Gnohere
    Drissa Diallo
    Steve Davis
    Paul Cook
    Paul Weller
    Lee Briscoe
    Glen Little
    Ian Moore
    Robbie Blake



    Steve Livingstone
    Chris Bolder
    Steve Chettle
    Darren Barnard
    Sean Allaway (GK)
    Nik Michopoulos (GK)
    Mark McGregor
    Tony Grant
    Alan Moore
    Dimitrios Papadopoulos

    Last Time Out

    The Town fans do not need reminding of the last time they met Burnley. This of course, was earlier this year in their FA Cup fourth round replay when Town went down to miserable 4-0 defeat, a game in which Town never really threatened the Clarets dominance.

    Town TeamCoyne, Parker (Ward), Gallimore, Chettle (Thompson), Livingstone, Groves, Campbell, Barnard, Cooke, Groves (Bolder), Soames, Mansaram.
    Subs (not used): Young and Allaway

    Attendance: 5,452    Report

    Burnley Head-to-Head (65th on The Opposition Ladder).


    Fishy prediction: Going on recent evidence, there has to be goals but having said that, it’ll probably be 0-0. Reader's POMs


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