Match Preview: Burnley vs. Sheffield United (Part Two)

Last updated : 22 May 2009 By @blades_mad1889

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The Clarets beat the Berkshire club 3-0 on aggregate to book a place in this seasons Championship show case final. They were drawn at home in the first leg of the play-offs having finished 5th in the Championship table.

It was a hard thought match which was destined to end goal less until six minutes from time when a moment of madness from Royals centre-half Andre Bikey after he pulled back Steven Thompson in the box; Graham Alexander stepped up to hammer home the penalty.

And, four minutes into injury time Bikey lost the plot when he stamped on Clarets forward Robbie Blake and was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson.

At the Madejski Stadium the visitors romped home 2-0 winners with goals from Martin Paterson (51 minutes) and Steven Thompson (58) to seal a place in Wembley history - the Turf Moor club have never played in the Premier League and hope to change all this in there first outing at the new Wembley Stadium.

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The Championship league fixture between Burnley and Sheffield United at Turf Moor ended in a glorious 1-0 victory to the home

Steven Thompson celebreates his goal against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

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side; Martin Paterson's first half header was enough to dent the Blades victory and end a sequence of 15 games unbeaten away from home.

Clarets manager Owen Coyle takes his Clarets team fresh from any new injuries and could call upon the services of Chris Eagles (hip) who has recovered from his injury and played the final six minutes in their 2-0 win at Reading in their second leg.

Possible Blades Line-Up: Brian Jensen, Michael Duff, Clarke Carlisle, Steven Caldwell (Captain), Christian Kalvenes, Graham Alexander, Martin Paterson, Wade Elliott, Chris McCann, Robbie Blake, Steven Thompson.

Substitutes: Diego Penny, Joey Gudjonsson, Kevin McDonald, Chris Eagles, Jay Rodriguez.

(we would like to thank Clarets-Mad and Vital Clarets for their help in the Burnley preview)

:: Match Officials ::

Match Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Assistants: Darren Cann and Mick McDonough
Fourth Official: Lee Probert