Next Up – Southampton 19 April 2018

Next Up – Southampton 19 April 2018

Manager       Mark Hughes

Founded       1885             Ground         St Mary's Stadium

Address       Britannia Rd, Southampton, SO14 5FP

Capacity        32,505

Squad:

2        Portugal                 DF     Cédric Soares

3        Japan                    DF     Maya Yoshida

5        England                 DF     Jack Stephens

6        Netherlands           DF     Wesley Hoedt

7        Republic of Ireland FW     Shane Long

8        Northern Ireland    MF     Steven Davis (captain)

9        Argentina              FW     Guido Carrillo

10      England                 FW     Charlie Austin

11      Serbia                    MF     Dušan Tadić

13      England                 GK     Alex McCarthy

14      Spain                    MF     Oriol Romeu

16      England                 MF     James Ward-Prowse

18      Gabon                    MF     Mario Lemina

19      Morocco                 MF     Sofiane Boufal

20      Italy                      FW     Manolo Gabbiadini

21      England                 DF     Ryan Bertrand

22      England                 MF     Nathan Redmond

23      Denmark               MF     Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

26      France                   DF     Jérémy Pied

28      England                 GK     Stuart Taylor

30      England                 DF     Will Wood

32      England                 DF     Alfie Jones

34      England                 MF     Jake Flannigan

35      Poland                   DF     Jan Bednarek

38      England                 DF     Sam McQueen

39      England                 MF     Josh Sims

42      England                 MF     Jake Hesketh

43      France                   DF     Yan Valery

44      England                 GK     Fraser Forster

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.saintsfc.co.uk

 

One forecast we really hope John Kettley gets wrong!

The avid Burnley fan (and weather forecaster) John Kettley caught up with Matt Davis prior to the big game on Saturday …….

View from the opposition – Burnley

A bit about you:

Name: John Kettley, Weather Broadcaster and Consultant – Sport Nut!

Current home town: Lincoln but brought up in Todmorden, West Yorkshire on the right side of the border (but only 9 miles from Burnley)

Birthplace: Halifax

How long have you supported your team? Since I first noticed they were quite good beating Nottingham Forest 8-0 in Division 1, circa 1959?

Overview of your club

Prudent in the Bob Lord days but had to be run as a business, hence good players were lost early. Last twenty to thirty years have been hard, almost lost to non-league in 1987, but the ITV Sport deal was crippling losing the club several million pounds a few years ago which they are now just recovering from. The Club is run brilliantly in my opinion considering the size of the town and the big clubs nearby.

As a Trust member also I admire the hard work of such organisations and the will to have a voice.

Favourite thing about your home ground:

Home from home – much changed since it looked more like Filbert Street. Now a fine stadium.

Favourite match played by your team & why: Smashed Leeds 5-1 in 1969? when Revie was in charge and Leeds were the team hated by everybody it seemed.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Leighton James will always have a huge following but there were many at the time. Previously Jimmy McIlroy was a genius……

About our forthcoming match against you:

Our defence is very strong these days, well-disciplined and give away very few goals, stats tell you it is one of the best in the Premier League – we will be tough to beat.

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?

Wood up front is very sharp and the surprise package is Ashley Barnes who has calmed down and concentrating more on scoring than being sent-off !   

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?

We are a team and not individuals, a goal can come from all areas of the field but we have an established unit which will work for ninety minutes – defeat is no longer talked about.

Player in our squad you most fear and why?

I still fear Vardy, not bad considering his lowly roots such as AFC Halifax (my birthplace).

How do you think you'll do against us?  Win 1-0

Transfer Activity:

What did you think to your overall transfer activity this season?

Brilliant, spent lots of money, unprecedented at Turf Moor, but has seriously brought strength in depth to the first team

You are quite use to forecasting and so ……..

Who do you think will get relegated?

Huddersfield lack of goals, WBA lack of confidence, Swansea still looking over their shoulders.

Do you think Man City will win the league this weekend?

Certain (John tipped them back in November)

Any who will get that seventh place?

Burnley

Next Up – Burnley 14 April 2018

Next Up – Burnley 14 April 2018

Manager        Sean Dyche

Founded       1882             Ground         Turf Moor

Address        Turf Moor Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4BX

Capacity        21,944

Squad:

1        England                   GK      Tom Heaton (captain)

2        England                   DF      Matthew Lowton

3        England                   DF      Charlie Taylor

4        England                   MF      Jack Cork

5        England                   DF      James Tarkowski

6        England                   DF      Ben Mee (vice-captain)

7        France                    MF      Kevin N’Koudou (on loan from Spurs)

8        England                   MF      Dean Marney

9        Wales                     FW     Sam Vokes

10      Austria                     FW     Ashley Barnes

11      New Zealand            FW     Chris Wood

12      Republic of Ireland    MF      Robbie Brady

13      Republic of Ireland    MF      Jeff Hendrick

16      Belgium                   MF      Steven Defour

17      Iceland                    MF      Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

18      England                   MF      Ashley Westwood

19      Republic of Ireland    FW     Jonathan Walters

21      Bermuda                 FW     Nahki Wells

22      Denmark                 GK      Anders Lindegaard

23      Republic of Ireland    DF      Stephen Ward

25      England                   MF      Aaron Lennon

26      Scotland                  DF      Phil Bardsley

28      Republic of Ireland    DF      Kevin Long

29      England                   GK      Nick Pope

30      England                   GK      Adam Legzdins

37      Canada                   MF      Scott Arfield

41      Australia                 MF      Aiden O’Neill

43      England                   MF      Brad Jackson

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/

Going to Burnley ?

Burnley    BB10 4BX

From the East: Exit M65 at junction 12 and follow signs to 'Burnley North A682,' over two roundabouts and into Colne Road. After 1.5 miles, turn left at the lights into Casterton Avenue. After another half mile, go straight on at another roundabout, follow signs for 'Rochdale A6114,' into Eastern Avenue. After 1.5 miles, you will be on Belvedere Road and the stadium is there.

From the West: Exit M65 motorway at junction 9 (Signposted Halifax A679) and turn right at the first roundabout, over the motorway. Go to the second roundabout and take a left, still following signs for Halifax and onto Accrington Road. After ¾ of a mile, go right at the traffic lights, into Rossendale Road. Follow for another 1.5 miles and then go straight on through the traffic lights into Glen View Road. After another mile, turn left into Todmorden Road, where you will find Turf Moor.

From the North and South: Exit M6 at Junction 29 and onto the M65. Exit the M65 at junction 10 and follow signs for 'Towneley Hall.' This road eventually goes past Turf Moor.

Most of the surrounding streets have parking restrictions on a matchday  so it is advisable for away supporters to use the cricket club or the following car parks:

Woodgrove Car Park

Towneley Park, BB11 3RQ
Capacity: 200 cars 
Advantage: Close to ground, 5 minute walk, illuminated. 
Cost £5.

Town Centre Car Parks

Millennium NCP, Brown St, BB11 1PZ. 
Capacity: 500 cars 
Advantage: Town centre location, close to all the shops and fast food outlets. 
8 minutes walk from the stadium. 
Cost £3 to park.

Deanmill (Plumb St) Car Park, BB11 3AG.
Capacity: 100 cars 
Advantage: Close to stadium, new car park, secure, well lit. 
4 minute walk from stadium. 
Cost £4

Aircelle Ltd, Bancroft Ave, BB10 2TQ.
Capacity: 275 cars 
Advantage: Away from city centre traffic, close to motorway after the game ahead of traffic flow. 
15 minute walk or hop on local bus (3 minute journey). 
Cost £3.

Public Transport

Rail: The nearest station is Burnley Manchester Road. From here, exit the station and walk down Centenary Way, from here, Turf Moor is clearly visible. When you reach the roundabout at the bottom of the road, go right down Yorkshire Street, which becomes Harry Potts Way and the ground is on your left hand side.

From Burnley Central, follow signs for the Town Centre and then head left towards the 'Gala' Bingo Hall. From here, walk down Yorkshire Street and use instructions from above.
Trains take approx 4 hours with 2 changes cheap return £71-70

Bus Routes: The Bus Station is situated relatively close to the ground, just off Centenary Way. Leave the station and turn right towards the Gala Bingo Hall and go under the aqueduct onto Yorkshire Street. Then, follow the instructions from above.

Where to drink

The clubhouse at the Cricket Club (you can also park there) is open on matchdays and visitors are always made welcome (wearing colours).The Queen Victoria (Brewers Fayre establishment) is  no more than 10 minutes walk away.

The Bridge Bier Huise pub, is around ten minutes walk away from the ground, serves good beer and food and is fine for away supporters. This pub which is in the centre of Burnley is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and in addition to a number of real ales, offers a large selection of bottled beers from around the world.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide and Burnley FC

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And blue turns to grey…

City 1 Newcastle 2

Report by Chris Griffin

This gloomy afternoon was no fun for City fans. Yet again home points went begging against a team below us in the table: 12 points dropped from games against Palace, Swansea, Stoke, Bournemouth and now Newcastle. Hopes of Europa league are fanciful.

Take nothing from Newcastle. They deserved the win. They were on the front foot from the start, forcing three corners in quick succession. From one of these Schmeichel had to be very sharp to save smartly a Perez near post header.

Leicester’s efforts to gain a foothold were thwarted by Newcastle’s well-drilled full-pitch press for much of the first half. City just could not get their game together. Players were often caught in possession or under and over hitting passes.

There was a glimmer of a chance in the 14th minute after Mahrez won a corner. The ball fell to Chilwell who played in a good cross in but Morgan could not get purchase on his header.

It was no surprise when City fell behind in the 16th minute. Newcastle broke down the left through Gayle. He played the ball inside to the edge of the box where Shelvey had an eternity to collect, manoeuvre and shoot. His effort deflected off Chilwell into the corner of the Leicester net.

Three minutes later Gayle featured again, this time hauling Maguire back as the centre half dribbled out of defence. Maguire retaliated seeming to push Gayle in the face and the predictable players’ melee ensued. Referee Atwell showed Maguire a yellow card and also showed one to Newcastle skipper Lascelles for his part in the remonstrations. To the bewilderment of the City fans Gayle received no card despite his initial foul.

On the half hour mark some neat passing and a good Chilwell run led to a corner. From the kick there was a coming together between Vardy and Lascelles but the officials were not interested in any penalty claims. City began to get a little more into the game mainly through Silva who was always looking to play a forward ball. Diabate managed a shot but it took a deflection and the resulting corner came to nothing.

The 37th minute saw City denied what looked a nailed-on penalty. A superb 40 yard Silva pass split the Newcastle defence and sent Mahrez into the penalty area. He was brought down by the retreating Dummett with what was at best a clumsy challenge from behind. Mr Attwell and his linesman took a charitable approach to the tackle to the frustration, annoyance and bafflement of City players and fans.

Iborra picked up a knock shortly before the break and had to depart giving Choudury a chance to make an appearance. There was time for another City attack with Mahrez sending Vardy down the right but not for the first or last time a City cutback found no blue shirt and the Newcastle defence cleared easily.

No changes at half time. City started the second half with much more possession but could not find a way past a tight defensive unit. A good Diabate break led to Mahrez moving into the penalty area but three black and white shirts quickly closed him down and dispossessed him. A Simpson pass fed Vardy down the inside right channel but there was no one on hand to reach his cut back. Meanwhile Newcastle were taking chances to hit on the break and it needed excellent covering work from Choudury to repel one dangerous attack. Choudury was having a very tidy game.

On 56 minutes manager Puel replaced Simpson with Okazaki and Albrighton dropped back to right back. Good work by Silva forced another corner which led to a Mahrez goal bound shot that rebounded off Morgan to safety.

 It was turning out to be one of those days. An hour had gone and Dubravka in the Newcastle goal had not yet been needed to make a save.

City kept piling forward but the final passes lacked threat and quality. Too many were plucked out of the air by Dubravka or sliced out of play behind the goal or failed to pick out a blue shirt. Frustration and resignation were evident among fans with one yelling “that’s just hit and hope.”

A manic ten second sequence of four 50/50 tackles eventually led to a City free kick and a corner but again the visitors’ defence held firm.

The game was as good as over in the 75th minute. A long Lejeune clearance bounced between Maguire and Morgan. Schmeichel had advanced way out of goal and the alert Perez took the opportunity to score with an excellent lob from 30 yards over the head of the City keeper.

City brought on Gray for Diabate and his corner found Morgan who headed wide. But Gray played a key role in City’s goal in the 83rd minute. Cutting in from the left his cross found Okazaki at the far post whose knocked back header was tapped home by Vardy.

It was too little too late of course. The closing minutes saw Newcastle comfortable in defence and threatening to score on the break. The additional four minutes seemed miserly given the time Newcastle had taken over set pieces but the visitors still retained their grip on the game.

The possession stats were overwhelmingly in City’s favour: the final score was not.

Manager Puel did not hide his disappointment. "It was not enough today. We wasted a fantastic opportunity for this team to believe in themselves. It was not enough in the first half, it was better in the second half with our reaction, but it's a shame. We will discuss together. We know when we play sometimes like today against a team with a strong defensive unit, we have to play quickly and with quality. It was too slow.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (sub Okazaki), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Silva, Iborra (sub Choudury), Mahrez, Diabate (sub Gray), Vardy.  Subs: Gray, Iheanacho, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Okazaki, Fuchs, Choudury

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedli, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie, Diame, (sub Hayden), Shelvey, Kenedy (sub Atsuat), Perez,(sub Atsu), Gayle. Subs: Clark, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Merino, Darlow, Atsu

Referee Mr S Attwell                     Attendance 32066

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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