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Preview: Burnley v Bristol City

27 December 2015

The Clarets have the chance to bounce back quickly from their Boxing Day defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Goals from Jake Livermore, Abel Hernandez and Sam Clucas saw Burnley go down 3-0 yesterday on a disappointing afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s side remain 5th in the Sky Bet Championship but the gap to the automatic promotion places has widened and victory against Bristol City would help to close the gap.

It would be a first double of the season after Michael Keane and Ben Mee headers saw them run out 2-1 winners at Ashton Gate.

The Robins arrive at Turf Moor in 22nd position, fresh off the back of a 1-1 home draw against Charlton Athletic.

On loan defender Nathan Baker gave them the lead before Harry Lennon struck a last-gasp equaliser to deny Steve Cotterill’s side maximum points.

Burnley: LDLWL
Bristol City: LWLDD

6ft 5” defender Aden Flint joined the Robins in 2013 from Swindon Town and played a key role in promotion from Sky Bet League One.

He netted an incredible 15 times during the 2014/15 season, including a hat-trick against Walsall in an 8-2 victory on the final day.

The powerful centre-back is a threat from set-pieces and will be hoping to add to his two goals against Huddersfield and Leeds United so far this season.

Flint extended his stay at Ashton Gate until 2019 in the summer and if City are to consolidate at Championship level, he could be key.

Bristol City (Kodjia 90+4’) 1-2 Burnley – Mee 34’, Keane 40’

Burnley: Heaton, Darikwa, Keane, Mee, Duff, Kightly (Taylor 82), Jones, Arfield, Boyd, Gray (Vossen 70), Vokes (Jutkiewicz 55).

Subs: Gilks, Hennings, Ward, Anderson

Bristol City: Hamer, Little (Burns 59), Williams, Flint, Ayling, Smith, Reid, Wilbraham, Pack, Kodija, Bryan.

Subs: O'Leary, El-Abd, Robinson, Agard, Wagstaff

Referee: M Dean

Attendance: 15,002 (1,342)

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns after the 3-0 defeat to Hull City. Long-term absentees Lukas Jutkiewicz and Ashley Barnes remain out.

Referee Andy Madley will officiate Monday's Sky Bet Championship game between the Clarets and Bristol City at Turf Moor.

The West Yorkshire official has taken charge of 23 games, where he has produced a total of 74 yellow cards and three reds.

The last Burnley game he refereed was the 3-1 Sky Bet Championship victory over Fulham at Turf Moor, in November this year.

No players were booked on that occasion.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Mr R. Jones, Mr S.Copeland and fourth official C.Kavanagh.

Sean Dyche: “I’m just pleased to have a game back at the Turf so quickly. It’s become a good place for us, so we’re looking forward to that.
“Our response (to defeats) has been good and we haven’t always got what we deserve, but we have to create better chances, particularly away from home."

Steve Cotterill on a draw with Charlton: “That’s probably the reason we are where we are. A lot has been made of that because we’ve dominated lots of games, so this isn’t anything new.”

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