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We have the better striker and we can win, says Trippier
KIERAN Trippier believes the time is right for Burnley to end over three decades of hurt and get one over bitter rivals Rovers this weekend.
It was 1979 when the Clarets last took three points from the East Lancashire showdown.
But Trippier feels the wait could be over on Sunday when the two teams go head to head in the Championship.
Both are under new management, following the appointment of Sean Dyche at Turf Moor and Henning Berg at Ewood Park in the same week.
Both boast two of the brightest strikers outside of the Premier League, in the shape of Charlie Austin and Jordan Rhodes. But Trippier thinks Burnley have the best.
“You look at Char-lie and you look at Jordan Rhodes, they’re both goalscorers but Charlie’s record is outstanding,” said the right back.
“I can’t see why he can’t get 35-40 goals this season. He’s got the right attitude and I think he can go far.
“I think we’ve got the better striker.
“Don’t get me wrong, Rhodes is doing well and he’s a very good player, but I think we’ve got the better striker.”
Rhodes became a wanted man after scoring 40 goals in 46 games to help Huddersfield win promotion to the Championship last season.
An £8million signing for Rovers in August, the 22-year-old has gone on to score 14 in 21 appearances, including three goals for Scotland and two for Huddersfield before his record transfer.
But for a long spell Austin was the top scorer in Europe, having reached 20 goals by November 6.
However, Trippier believes it will be Burnley’s team ethic that will set them apart on Sunday.
“Over the years they might have had a stronger team than Burnley but I think we’re equal this year,” he said.
“I think we’re more hungry. With the new manager we want to go places and I think with the players we’ve got we can go places, and when they come here on Sunday they’ll be in for a tough game.”
And Trippier admits he is relishing the derby.
“I didn’t realise how big it was until I came here, but I realise how much it means to the Burnley fans.
“We haven’t beaten them for such a long time but this is the year I think we can do them.
“I’ve heard it’s even better than the Manchester derby.
“I played in a Yorkshire derby for Barnsley against Leeds and that was incredible, but I’ve heard this is absolutely brilliant and ruthless so I’m looking forward to it.”
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