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Pre-Match Interview With Vital Burnley

1) Burnley are into the quarter finals of the League cup having already dispatched Fulham & Chelsea, how is the rest of your season going?

We started really bad with 2 heavy defeats. The system was alien to us and we must have had a dozen pre-season friendlies which got us all thinking the worst. Coyle stuck to his tactics and style which as basically paid off big time now that the players have got to know the system and each other. We play good attacking football and are a real danger going forward. A lack of pace at the back is a concern, but Coyle seems to play the system of not being bothered if we concede because we will score more. This season the place is buzzing and we are really starting to believe we can finally reach the top 6.

2) Many Arsenal fans may not be familiar with too many Burnley players, which ones are the ones to watch out for?

You will know Eagles from Manure and Blake played in the Prem for Bradford and Birmingham. Both are very tricky players that can win games on their own, but we have an excellent right winger in Elliott if fit, Paterson is on fire at the moment up front and our central midfielders that are young excellent prospects McCann and McDonald.

3) If you could take any one of the young Gunners from tonight's squad on loan for the rest of the season, which one would you take?

The 2 players I think could become the best of the bunch are Vela and Wilshere, but we need pace at the back to really improve our team, so if you have anybody at the back with pace, then they will do. We had Randall last season and he was too lightweight for the Championship, so we did not get to see him properly. In the Premier players do get more time and build up can be a lot more patient, so he could do well, but would not make it in the Championship unless he beefs up a bit.

4) What's the funniest football chant you've heard this season?

Sorry, I can't help with this one. Burnley fans have been stuck in a rut for a few years and very few new songs are sung. Many of the fans we have come across this season have been rubbish too and I've not watched much on the TV, so I can't really think of one. If you know any for Paul Ince being a football genius though I would love to hear it.

5) Many people are known to admire the football Arsenal play, but don't like the way in which our players and staff conduct themselves, what's your take on the club?

On the playing side of things I used to admire the old 1-0 to the Arsenal side. They always did a job. Not the best to watch, but knew how to get a result. Managers change and so do players, so now you play very differently and are a real joy to watch at times. Other times you can be frustrating by trying to walk the ball in to the nets. For me you play football that should be played when you are winning 2-0 and not when the scores are level or an odd goal separates the 2 teams. With regards to off the field. Do you mean things like Gallas etc? If so, that comes with the territory of signing players at the top level. Most have ego's to go with their wages which to me are far to big. Football has changed and for me I don't like it. Small town clubs like us and most of the founder members of the football league now seem to have no place in football. It is for the City clubs and money men. Sky are the main reason behind this, but that is a different story.

6) If you could choose one Christmas present for Burnley, what would it be?

In general it would be anything that would guarantee us promotion, but I will settle for a semi final draw against Barsteward Rovers providing we don't lose to them.

7) Predictions for the game tonight?

I went to Chelsea expecting to get tonked, but hoped we could put on a performance to be proud of and keep the score down. A goal to celebrate would have been amazing. Turns out we matched them and rightly took them to pens which anybody can win. Because of that result and being at home I have more confidence, but still know how much of a tough battle we face. I will go for a similar result. 1-1, but we can win it in extra time. All this will probably depend on the snow to continue falling, so that all our Scots will feel at home :)


Many thanks to Smitrit Andy of Vital Burnley for taking time out to speak to us.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 2 2008

Time: 10:44AM

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Sounds like things were going a little stale at Burnley for a while. Well with a CC semi final at stake and qualification tho the premiership a possibility im sure they will dig out a few new songs! Anything involving spu*s and small furry animals will do! lol
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02/12/2008 12:25:00

Our songs are out of date and the following one may show due to the stands no longer standing plus people are no longer around either. Bertie Mee said to Bill Shankly, have you heard of the North Bank Highbury, Shanks says no I don't think so, but I've heard of the Longside Burnley. This will get sung a lot tonight.
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02/12/2008 15:32:00

I can imagine so Andy .... perfectly apt!!!
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02/12/2008 15:40:00

Think pretty much every other team's got a version of that
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02/12/2008 15:49:00

I have just read a quote from Luka Modric at Spurs, who thinks they will finish top 5 this season and win a trophy. And we thought it was just their fans that were deluded!! LOLOL
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02/12/2008 16:55:00
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02/12/2008 16:55:00

My word .... it make my whinging about Arsenal players speaking to the press seem bang out of order!! lol
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02/12/2008 17:09:00

Well, we've been poor in this game. Bentdner, ferking hell.
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02/12/2008 21:35:00

there gona give us a good game i wouldnt be surprised if they won 2 - 0
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02/12/2008 21:35:00

Must say Bendtner was very poor, looked completely uninterested. Why not play Simpson with Vela from the start? Randall does not convince me he'll make it either.
Frosty B
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02/12/2008 22:07:00

Wow, A_1_B, what powers of prediction you have.
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02/12/2008 22:07:00

2-0, 2-0, 2-0!
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02/12/2008 23:58:00

I thought our young side did well today- if Burnley had Gomes or Robinson or any other Spuds keeper of the last five years in the net, we would have won 5-2. My biggest regret is that for most of the players, all they have to look forward to is six months of reserve league games, but I'm sure our FA Cup side will feature a few of them- Wilshere, Ramsey, Gibbs, Merida, Vela. Anyway, congrats to Burnley, good luck the rest of the way. I'm hoping Spuds lose tomorrow, but if not hopefully they will draw Burnley and lose- I'd hate to see Spuds get into the UEFA Cup undeservedly again by winning a mickey mouse cup.
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03/12/2008 01:45:00

LondonGooner I think maybe you should join on the Modric opinion and worry about finishing 5th?
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03/12/2008 03:28:00

Played a better team on the night.
Tiny T
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03/12/2008 08:52:00

I heard a funny chant last night when we were 1-0 up. Are you Chelsea in disguise :)
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03/12/2008 09:19:00

Good win last night for Burnley, they played some real nice stuff and fully deserved the win. It was a nice little run from our kids, they did themselves no harm, indeed even the defeat was a good learning experience for them.
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03/12/2008 09:22:00

2-0, 2-0, 2-0! Osgood_Spirit - Does the phrase Knob head spring to mind for anyone else?
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03/12/2008 10:50:00

WhiteHartSpur - Why is that? My team isn't above the relegation places on goal difference shouting about finishing 5th! Delusional, yes! Accurate, no! At least we have a pedigree and are, if you can count, above 5th. In 4th, so why would we need to start making noises about finishing 2 places lower than we did last season? You have only made yourself look foolish with an incoherent and rambling post.
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03/12/2008 10:54:00

i could get all the links that wenger said we can win cl an prem league from last season, im sure there a few this season. aswell oh well.
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06/12/2008 17:09:00

2-0!2-0!2-0! What ever you fellas say, you still lost!!! serves you right for playing teenagers... sorry pre teens now?
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08/12/2008 10:34:00


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