Dyche ready for first game

Last updated : 03 November 2012 By Tony Scholes

It's the start of Dyche's second management job and it starts just a few yards down the touchline from where his last job started. He left his first job at Watford in the summer after a year in charge at Vicarage Road, a year that started with a 2-2 draw at Burnley on the opening day of the 2011/12 season.

It was a day when Craig Forsyth and Mark Yeates had given his side a two goal lead before Burnley's two substitutes, Charlie Austin and Keith Treacy, both scored to give us a point.

With Wolves in the Premier League last season this will be the first time he's managed against them and it has been reported that in both his playing and coaching career he's never once got the better of the Molineux club.

Ben Mee should return

He's therefore in good company with the Clarets. Wolves have been a team we've found difficult to beat over the years, particularly at Turf Moor. In our last home meeting against them in the Championship, that was in 2008/09 season, a Chris McCann goal gave us a 1-0 lead. Six seasons earlier we'd won 2-1 on Boxing Day 2002 with Gareth Taylor and Dean West scoring the goals.

Those two wins are worth remembering, they are the only two occasions that we've beaten Wolves at home in the league since November 1963 when John Connelly scored the only goal of the game.

John, of course, passed away eight days ago, and ahead of tomorrow's game a minute's silence, already planned ahead of Remembrance Sunday, will give Burnley supporters the opportunity to pay their respects for one of the greats from the Championship team of 1959/60.

It is also, perhaps, appropriate that Wolves are the visitors given it was they who we pipped with that win at Manchester City to lift the title, robbing Wolves of a third consecutive league title and the double as they went on to beat Blackburn in the FA Cup.

What sort of team will Dyche select? He's spoken of changing things to try and bring about an improvement in terms of the number of goals we are conceding. Incredibly, if we continued at the rate we are going for the whole season it would leave us with a goals against column of 103 goals.

With most of the media attention centring this week on the new manager's arrival, there's been little news of any injuries. Ross Wallace and Marvin Bartley have both missed the last two games and neither are believed to be guaranteed to be fit.

According to the BBC, winger Ross Barkley (hamstring) and midfield Martin Bartley (groin) are to be assessed by the new boss. That's good, although it's usually an inability to differentiate between Burnley and Barnsley that blights the BBC, not players' names.

We will be able to welcome back Ben Mee. He sat out the defeat at Cardiff because of a one match suspension. He's available and it would be a surprise if he didn't come straight back in given the form he's been in since winning his place back in the side.

It's difficult to predict what the line up will be,  but I don't envisage much in terms of change. If everyone is fit I suspect it will be Mee for Joseph Mills from last week's team.

That would see us line up: Lee Grant, Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff, Jason Shackell, Ben Mee, Brian Stock, Dean Marney, Chris McCann, Martin Paterson, Charlie Austin, Junior Stanislas. Subs from: Brian Jensen, Luke O'Neill, David Edgar, Joseph Mills, Danny Lafferty, Cameron Stewart, Sam Vokes, Danny Ings.

Wolves arrive at Turf Moor for the first time since they suffered relegation from the Premier League. They went up with us in 2009 but survived for two years more than us. They now sit in eight place in the table although had either Brighton or Leeds won their game tonight it would have seen the winners go above them.

They have 21 points, four points more than us, and when it comes to goals conceded they are very much unlike us. They've conceded just 14 times this season in the league, a record bettered only by Leicester and Brighton.

Away from home their record is the best with only six goals conceded in six games. Those games have yielded three wins and three defeats. They've beaten Ipswich, Peterborough and Blackburn whilst having lost at Leeds, Cardiff and Huddersfield.

They haven't lost a game to any team currently in the bottom half of the table, but they come into the game on a run of three games without a win. Having lost at Huddersfield, they've recorded two home draws against Bolton and Charlton.

Manager Ståle Solbakken kept a settled team during that run but has admitted that the next time they face three games in a week he'll tinker with his squad and rotate players to keep it fresh.

That's coming up again but, with not having played for seven days, he's likely to keep the team very similar to the one that played Charlton.

That team was: 13. Carl Ikeme, 32. Kevin Foley, 11. Stephen Ward, 28. Tongo Doumbia,14. Roger  Johnson, 16. Christophe Berra, 20. Jermaine Pennant (27. Anthony Forde 82), 8. Karl Henry (4. David Edwards), 9. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (15. Bjorn Sigurdarson), 29. Kevin Doyle, 10. Bakary Sako. Subs not used: 31. Dorus De Vries, 5. Richard Stearman, 26. David Davis, 25. Danny Batth.


Last Time They Were Here

The last time Wolves came to Burnley we were in the Premier League although our hopes of survival were fading fast. Having won five of our first six home games of the season we had won only one game, home or away, in the previous 18. This was a game against fellow strugglers that we simply had to win.

Wolves were ahead of us on goal difference ahead of the game, but by the time it was over they were three points clear having come to Turf Moor and won 2-1.

Steven Thompson, first  goal

We had to go into the game without Steven Fletcher and Kevin McDonald. The former had been our main attacking threat and the latter was just looking as though he might be coming into some form.

Wolves got away with an early shirt pull on Leon Cort that should have seen us win a penalty, but then we shot ourselves in the foot when Tyrone Mears got a header back to Brian Jensen woefully wrong. It was all Matt Jarvis needed and we were a goal behind.

It was 0-1 at half time but that deficit was soon increased and it was something of a fluke as a shot, going nowhere, hit Clarke Carlisle and deflected past Jensen for an own goal.

We gave it a go. Substitute Steven Thompson pulled one back for what was his first Premier League goal. Then Robbie Blake hit a post and also had another shot well saved. We deserved an equaliser but it just didn't come. Another defeat and the fight against relegation just got a little bit harder again.

The teams were;

Burnley: Brian Jensen, Tyrone Mears, Clarke Carlisle, Leon Cort, Danny Fox (Stephen Jordan 39), Wade Elliott, Graham Alexander, Andre Bikey (Robbie Blake 54), Chris Eagles (Steven Thompson 54), Martin Paterson, David Nugent. Subs not used: Nicky Weaver, Michael Duff, David Edgar, Jay Rodriguez.

Wolves: Marcus Hahnemann, Ronald Zubar, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Stephen Ward, Kevin Foley, Adlene Guedioura (Michael Mancienne 59), Karl Henry, David Jones (Andy Keogh 70), Matt Jarvis (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 79), Kevin Doyle. Subs not used: Wayne Hennessey, George Elokobi, Nenad Milijas, Sam Vokes.


Previous Games against Wolves


Last 20 Years
Season Comp Ven Res Att  Scorers
1994/95 Division 1 h 0-1 18,766  
    a 0-2 25,703  
2000/01 Division 1 a 0-1 20,156  
    h 1-2 15,483 Branch
2001/02 Division 1 a 0-3 24,893  
    h 2-3 21,823 I Moore, Johnson
2002/03 Division 1 a 0-3 25,031  
    h 2-1 18,641 Taylor, West
2003/04 League Cup a 0-2 18,548  
2004/05 Championship h 1-1 13,869 Blake
  League Cup h 1-1 5,013 Blake - won 4-2 on penalties
  Championship a 0-2 24,336  
2005/06 Championship a 1-0 21,747 G O'Connor
    h 0-1 11,056  
2006/07 Championship h 0-1 12,245  
    a 1-2 19,521 McCann
2007/08 Championship a 3-2 20,763 Blake, Lafferty, D Ward(og)
    h 1-3 12,749 Akinbiyi
2008/09 Championship a 0-2 23,771  
    h 1-0 13,515 McCann
2009/10 Premier League a 0-2 27,410  
    h 1-2 21,217 Thompson


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