Burnley v Barnsley
05/03/13 (kick-off 7.45pm)
With the Clarets restored to the winners’ enclosure at Charlton last Saturday they will be looking to build on a first victory in seven games and start a productive run to keep their end of season alive.
Sean Dyche’s men showed plenty of character to win at the Valley as they dug deep to reap the rewards of an impressive first-half performance capped by Charlie Austin’s outstanding strike.
And they will need to stand up and be counted again at Turf Moor as they look to shake of their recent indifferent home form.
Burnley are without a home win in three attempts and struggled a week ago in losing to Huddersfield.
But with confidence restored and new blood injected in the shape of loan signing Alex Kacaniklic the Clarets should start on the front foot against a Barnsley side whose escape plan has frayed at the edges in the past two games.
The Tykes had produced a remarkable run of results under new manager David Flitcroft to climb out of the relegation zone and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Barnsley’s FA Cup win over Burnley kicked off a run of eight wins in nine games and after tonight’s visit to Turf Moor their next game takes them to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the last eight of the Cup.
Survival will be their priority, though, and Flitcroft will not want to his men to take their eye off the ball after losing their last two Championship games to Bristol City and Bolton – conceding eight goals and scoring five in the process.
Last ten matches (Championship)
Barnsley key man
Chris Dagnall is a striker who wears his heart on his sleeve and has been in prolific form since the turn of the year.
The former Scunthorpe and Rochdale frontman has scored seven times in his last ten games to help the Tykes battle away from the foot of the table and reach the last eight of the FA Cup.
Last time out
Charlton Athletic 0 Burnley 1 (Austin 43)
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Long, Shackell, Stanislas (Ings 72), Kacaniklic (Stock 88), Bartley, Edgar, Paterson, Austin (Vokes 84). Subs: O’Neill, Mills, Treacy, Jensen.
Charlton: Button, Morrison, Cort, Pritchard, Wiggins, Jackson, Wilson, Obika (Green 63), Fuller, Haynes, Dervite (Harriott 63). Subs: Taylor, Hughes, Wagstaff, Green, Evina, Hamer.
Barnsley 2 (Cywka 47, O’Grady 53) Bolton 3 (Ngog 15, Spearing 38, Dawson 59)
Barnsley: L Steele, T Kennedy, M Cranie, S Wiseman, T Cywka, J O’Brien (J Mellis 65), D Perkins, R Tunnicliffe (J Scotland 67), C O’Grady (M Harewood 60), C Dagnall, K Etuhu. Subs not used: S Foster, B Hassell, L Lidakevicius, R Noble-Lazarus.
Bolton: A Bogdan, Z Knight, C Dawson, S Ricketts, M Alonso, D Pratley, C Eagles (Medo 65), J Spearing, Chung-Yong Lee, C Davies (D Wheater 79), D Ngog. Subs not used: A Lonergan, S Holden, K Davies, M Sordell, S De Ridder.
Last meeting at Turf Moor
Burnley 2 (Rodriguez 3, Austin 63) Barnsley 0
Burnley: L Grant, M Duff , D Edgar, B Mee, K Trippier (B Easton, 89), R Wallace (M Bartley 81), D Marney, C McCann , J McQuoid, J Rodriguez, C Austin (D Ings 82). Subs not used: K Treacy, B Jensen.
Barnsley: L Steele, R Edwards, S Wiseman, S Golbourne, J McNulty, M Tonge (J O'Brien 29), M Done (N Doyle, 46), D Perkins (C Dagnall 46), K Smith, C Davies, A Gray. Subs not used: S Foster, D Preece.
Burnley: The Clarets may not be able to recall any of their injured players, which means Dean Marney, Chris McCann, Michael Duff and Ross Wallace are all likely to miss out.
Ben Mee is still short of match fitness but there will be a home debut for new loan signing Alex Kacaniklic.
Barnsley: On-loan Stoke midfielder Rory Delap – the master of the long throw – could return after missing last Saturday’s defeat to Bolton but defender Jim McNulty is likely to remain sidelined.
Stat of the day
Only Barnsley and Peterborough are yet to record goalless draws in the Championship this season.
Sean Dyche: “I want Barnsley and every team to see Burnley at their best. We remind ourselves every game is a tricky game. You can’t take anything for granted and we certainly don’t.”
David Flitcroft: “There’s a real good feel factor on the training ground which we’ll take into Burnley.
“I said to everyone the real test of this adventure is when we get beat. We’ve been beaten twice but there’s 36 points to play for.”
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Tuesday’s Championship fixtures (kick-off 7.45pm unless stated)
Birmingham v Blackpool
Bristol City v Brighton
Burnley v Barnsley
Cardiff v Derby
Huddersfield v Middlesbrough
Leicester v Leeds Utd
Millwall v Wolves
Nottm Forest v Ipswich
Peterborough v Charlton
Watford v Sheff Wed
Bolton v Blackburn (8pm)
Crystal Palace v Hull (8pm)
for the Championship table