Writer: Vital Tyke
Date:Tuesday March 5 2013
Tuesday 5th March 2013
Barnsley travel to Burnley hoping to put an end to their recent bad form which has seen two defeats in a row and 8 goals conceded.
Flicker has admitted that he may need to find a new winning formula. Under Flicker the 3-5-2 formation was working very well but the loss of key players in key areas now makes it difficult to play that system with the players available.
The Barnsley boss has admitted defeat in his bid to bring in a left wing back in time for this one so I expect 4-4-2 for the reds or maybe even some variation on 4-5-1 or 4-3-3.
If the reds can bring in a left wing back and maybe Stones as well then I think it will settle the team down and the performances will come again.
A whopping 15 players have turned down the chance to join Barnsley in the last couple of week with Flicker also admitting he went in for Craig Dawson but he chose to join Bolton.
On plus side we are scoring goals and creating real chances which we didn`t do before. I am confident Flicker can sort out the defence and the system and we can progress from there.
We need a new left back, two centre backs and John Stones back then we might stay up.
Burnley are awaiting news on the fitness of midfield trio Ross Wallace (a disgrace at Oakwell in the cup by the way), Chris McCann and Dean Marney. Marvin Bartley and David Edgar are prepared to deputise.
Defender Ben Mee is nearing a return.
He will be relishing this one if we defend how we have in the last two games.
Stephen Dawson is now back in training but still a while off a first team return.
Barnsley will still be without long term absentee Scott Goldbourne.
Jimmy McNulty has been ruled out as his injury prone season continues.
Rory Delap could make a return to the squad.
Jacob Mellis is a doubt after picking up a knock against Bolton. I thought he looked well against Bolton and should come in to contention for a start if he`s fit. However I don`t expect him to be as he is another with a body made of glass.
I think Flicker will go 4-4-2 and this will be the team:
I`ve only got it bang on once so far this season so guesses on the personnel and system are welcome below.
I think he will stick with O`Grady up front as he did ok and scored but for me the Harewood and Dagnall partnership was working well and I wouldn`t have changed it. They were working hard and it allowed Scotland and O`Grady to come on late for Scotland in particular to the damage. I`d like your thoughts on this too.
I fear that he could be in for a busy night with the recent defending.
This is the third meeting between the two this season.
Barnsley knocked Burnley out of the FA cup and got a 1 - 1 draw at home in the league.
Barnsley are yet to be involved in a goalless draw this season.
Burnley have dropped only two points in seven home games against Barnsley over a 12 year period.
Looking at our upcoming fixtures I believe we need to come away from this one with a point at the minimum. No predictions from me but do you guys think we can get a win or a draw tonight?
Our trip to Man City on Saturday. I just hope the players aren`t already thinking about it.
Date:Tuesday March 5 2013
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