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Burnley caretaker boss on red alert in Wales
TERRY Pashley is ready to put the Clarets on red alert this afternoon.
Cardiff City’s win over Watford marked a season’s best home start in the history of the club, with six out of six wins.
Curiously, the South Wales club are unbeaten in their new red strip too.
Malaysian owners demanded the change, believing it to a lucky colour.
And that has proved to be the case, with the former Bluebirds winning nine and drawing one of the 10 games in which they have sported their first choice kit.
But Pashley boasts a 100 per cent record since Eddie Howe’s departure, thanks to wins over Blackpool and Bristol City.
He will be pushing for a hat-trick of wins in what looks set to be his final game in charge.
And with Burnley boasting their own record-breaker, Charlie Austin, Pashley is hopeful of dousing the newly named Red Dragons’ fire.
“Cardiff aren’t top of the league for nothing. They’ve been there or thereabouts for the last couple of years. They have some good players and it will be very tough,” said the Clarets’ youth coach.
“I’ve not been to the stadium before but I know they’ve got a vocal crowd, and we expect a tough game.
“Fair play to them, they are a good side, but the thing we are focusing on is our lads reproducing the performance and not falling below our standards.
“You can’t guarantee much in football, but you should be able to guarantee that work ethic.”
And with their first back-to-back league wins, Pashley believes confidence is on the climb.
“There’s a little bit of belief in the side, and we need to be starting with that,” he said.
“We know we are playing against a good side, but I’m sure they will be just as wary of us.
“They are bound to make their centre halves wary of Charlie Austin. His form does attract a little bit of attention and he will be looking to keep his run going at Cardiff.”
Pashley certainly wouldn’t back against him.
“It’s not just about Charlie’s goals, he gives you so much more. But the record he has and the number of goals he’s got is fantastic.
“I haven’t experienced it before, not at close quarters.
“You always see when people have these records, like the very top players.
“Eighteen goals and a goal in eight consecutive games is a fantastic record.”
But while Pashley accepts Austin is taking the plaudits, he is focusing more on the team effort.
“In every game in the Championship you need all 11 players to contribute for 90 minutes, or 96 as is was the other night.
“Teams will exploit weaknesses if we take our foot off the pedal.
“Fortunately we haven’t had that.
“We’ll work towards making sure the players go out again to work from the first minute to the last.
“If we can go down there and get a positive result it keeps giving the boys that confidence to build on what they’ve been doing.
“Our boys are playing with some belief and I’m sure we will go there and do ourselves justice.”
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