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Play the game not the occasion, urges Blackburn Rovers boss

THE instruction to silence the home crowd has turned up in many a manager’s team-talk over the years, but Henning Berg knows enough about the East Lancashire derby to think that may be a little ambitious.

“You’ll do well to silence the crowd in this one, that will be very difficult!” the Blackburn Rovers boss laughed.

Perhaps importantly, Berg can call on his own experience of playing for Rovers at Turf Moor when he leads the club into tomorrow’s derby at Burnley.

The two sides did not meet during the Norwegian’s first spell with the club but he made his derby debut in December 2000 at the age of 31, when Rovers triumphed 2-0 away from home thanks to goals from Jason McAteer and Marcus Bent.

That, along with the 5-0 thrashing of their fiercest rivals at Ewood Park later that season, are games he has not forgotten.

“I remember the first game up there was quite a tight game,” Berg said.

“I think Jason McAteer scored the first goal and then Sparky (Mark Hughes) missed a sitter from one yard! But we won the game so we’re not going to worry about that!

“I think we were quite solid on the day, we got the goals and it was a great game to be involved in.

“That was the first time in 17 years that we played them and the atmosphere and the intensity was fantastic.

“We got into the ground, it was an hour before kick-off and it was a full house, everybody was jumping up and down and making themselves heard.

“The home game was a comfortable one where we got the early lead and controlled the game in a football way.

“They are fantastic games to be involved in.

“I was an experienced player when I was involved the first time and I really cherish that, especially that we won as well. Everyone was happy afterwards.

“I hope that the players are looking forward to the game and that they cherish the opportunity to be involved in a game that so many people feel so much about.

“I know for me when I look back at the big games I played, these games are the ones that stick out.

“I played in some good games over the years, but I never forget these games.”

Berg did not feature in a Manchester derby during his time at Manchester United, with City outside the top division during his time.

His experiences in the Old Firm matches were less happy, as Celtic beat Rangers on all five occasions the two clubs met during his one season at Ibrox in 2003/04. Berg featured in the first three of those games.

The Rovers boss is well aware of his club’s record against Burnley – they are unbeaten in eight games against their rivals stretching back to 1979.

But Berg has warned his players that the history will count for nothing when tomorrow’s game starts at 12.30pm.

“History is one thing but we have to make sure it happens on the day of the game,” he said.

“Of course we are happy with that record but sometimes it is difficult to explain why some clubs have certain records against other teams, it isn’t always logical.

“We are happy about it but at the same time what will decide this result is what is going to happen during this game.

“I’m the same now as when I was a player in terms of making sure that mentally we are right for this game.

“Yes, we should cherish this. But at the same time when the game starts we have to focus on the football.

“If you start thinking about the crowd and everything else when you play football, you’re not going to play football well, are you?”

The two clubs issued a joint statement on Thursday urging both sets of fans to be on their best behaviour, and Berg hopes the rivalry will not spill over.

“I certainly hope that everyone cherishes this as a football occasion and doesn’t do anything in terms of violence,” he said.

“I hope everyone behaves and makes it a great occasion for everyone to be involved in, and not be spoilt by people not behaving the way they should do.

“They are fantastic games and we are really happy that people have that passion for the clubs and for the football.

“The tradition in this country with the two clubs, the history that goes back so far and the passion for the football clubs in this area, all those things I have seen in these derby games.

“We just have to make sure that we do the right things when we play the game, that the focus is right and we make sure we handle it the right way.”

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10:56am Sat 1 Dec 12

Nuttall Street says...

The honeymoon period is over Henning.
The honeymoon period is over Henning. Nuttall Street
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11:00am Sat 1 Dec 12

MatthewCA says...

All the best for HB and players, Select the best legs to start the game.

Keep the history as it is, never allow to write a win for burnley.

Charlie Austin(2mil) Vs Jordan Rhodes(8mil).

great game for sure,
who is best player-Austin vs Rhodes

which team is best BlackburnVsBurnley

who is the best manager ?

All will prove in one game. this is called derby games of the season.

All the best.
All the best for HB and players, Select the best legs to start the game. Keep the history as it is, never allow to write a win for burnley. Charlie Austin(2mil) Vs Jordan Rhodes(8mil). great game for sure, who is best player-Austin vs Rhodes which team is best BlackburnVsBurnley who is the best manager ? All will prove in one game. this is called derby games of the season. All the best. MatthewCA
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11:12am Sat 1 Dec 12

VeniVidiVici says...

It'll be the closing of a big chapter if we lose today, but what a great game, highlight of the season for sure!

Remember that if the Dingles do pull off the impossible it'll mean as much to win one game after 34 years as it will for us to keep that record.

Being the underdogs for so long they have it easy, the pressure is on us tenfold. Best of luck today to all the lads, and to Berg, who undoubtedly will be sh**ting himself !
It'll be the closing of a big chapter if we lose today, but what a great game, highlight of the season for sure! Remember that if the Dingles do pull off the impossible it'll mean as much to win one game after 34 years as it will for us to keep that record. Being the underdogs for so long they have it easy, the pressure is on us tenfold. Best of luck today to all the lads, and to Berg, who undoubtedly will be sh**ting himself ! VeniVidiVici
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11:21am Sat 1 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Sorry mr berg, but these guys need to play the occassion. Do you know whats at stake here? Too many times this season they have shown no passion and played like wet blankets. Its time to man up and kick some dingle arse. I wanna see some effort, some passion and drive. I want to go home knowing each and every player could have given no more. If each player who takes the field gives 100%, then I would say fair play, even if we got beat. But if some turd like murphy thinks he can stand there pointing at the ball and moving in a 10 meter circle like a lib dem councillor you've got another thing coming.
Drop his sagging arse and put some legs in there.
Sorry mr berg, but these guys need to play the occassion. Do you know whats at stake here? Too many times this season they have shown no passion and played like wet blankets. Its time to man up and kick some dingle arse. I wanna see some effort, some passion and drive. I want to go home knowing each and every player could have given no more. If each player who takes the field gives 100%, then I would say fair play, even if we got beat. But if some turd like murphy thinks he can stand there pointing at the ball and moving in a 10 meter circle like a lib dem councillor you've got another thing coming. Drop his sagging arse and put some legs in there. Return of the Magnificent se7en
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11:23am Sat 1 Dec 12

French Rover says...

We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers! French Rover
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11:41am Sat 1 Dec 12

50rover says...

Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!!

3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!!
Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!! 3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!! 50rover
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12:16pm Sat 1 Dec 12

J.C - Rishton says...

French Rover wrote:
We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ???

I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong.

You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers![/p][/quote]Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ??? I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong. You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !! J.C - Rishton
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12:24pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Road Runner Road Runner says...

French Rover wrote:
We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
Here is to that Mr French :)

Berg had better pick his best team get players in who are going to put it in. Pederson is must ! His experience particularly the 88th minute blinder could just come into play ?

Givet, if fit is essential, for I have not forgotten Givet celebrating with us by the stands the last time out - warrior and will give blood and die for us - this I know !

Dunny, again if fit, must play at some point ?

And Hendry needs to install his mentality from his playing days, (of course) into those players that bodies must be put on the line at all costs. Go down with a whimper here and the resounding effect will go on long and hard.

I'll be roaring them on for you tomorrow old bean :) Nothing less will do !

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers![/p][/quote]Here is to that Mr French :) Berg had better pick his best team get players in who are going to put it in. Pederson is must ! His experience particularly the 88th minute blinder could just come into play ? Givet, if fit is essential, for I have not forgotten Givet celebrating with us by the stands the last time out - warrior and will give blood and die for us - this I know ! Dunny, again if fit, must play at some point ? And Hendry needs to install his mentality from his playing days, (of course) into those players that bodies must be put on the line at all costs. Go down with a whimper here and the resounding effect will go on long and hard. I'll be roaring them on for you tomorrow old bean :) Nothing less will do ! Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
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12:38pm Sat 1 Dec 12

FCBurnley says...

50rover wrote:
Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!!

3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!!
You got the last line right. Enjoy DIVISION 1
[quote][p][bold]50rover[/bold] wrote: Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!! 3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!![/p][/quote]You got the last line right. Enjoy DIVISION 1 FCBurnley
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12:38pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Rover since 1947 says...

J.C - Rishton wrote:
French Rover wrote:
We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ???

I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong.

You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !!
Very well summarised J.C
[quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers![/p][/quote]Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ??? I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong. You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !![/p][/quote]Very well summarised J.C Rover since 1947
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12:55pm Sat 1 Dec 12

stick to football says...

The long yawn - it is almost as dragged out as Christmas

Thank goodness it only happens twice in a season

Neither side are setting the world alight and the fact TV doesnt want to know just sums up how vital this game is

3 Points out of 138 pts available
The long yawn - it is almost as dragged out as Christmas Thank goodness it only happens twice in a season Neither side are setting the world alight and the fact TV doesnt want to know just sums up how vital this game is 3 Points out of 138 pts available stick to football
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2:33pm Sat 1 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

FCBurnley wrote:
50rover wrote:
Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!!

3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!!
You got the last line right. Enjoy DIVISION 1
Dream on Dingle.. Got to admire your faith ..after three decades of losing you'd think most would have given up.. Oh yeah. The did.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]50rover[/bold] wrote: Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!! 3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!![/p][/quote]You got the last line right. Enjoy DIVISION 1[/p][/quote]Dream on Dingle.. Got to admire your faith ..after three decades of losing you'd think most would have given up.. Oh yeah. The did. blueblooded
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2:36pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Bazzer says...

J.C - Rishton wrote:
French Rover wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ??? I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong. You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !!
He may well be worst pundit ever, but on this particular occasion let him be spot on. He has to get ONE correct at some time?
[quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers![/p][/quote]Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ??? I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong. You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !![/p][/quote]He may well be worst pundit ever, but on this particular occasion let him be spot on. He has to get ONE correct at some time? Bazzer
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5:59pm Sat 1 Dec 12

penrithrover says...

Rover since 1947 wrote:
J.C - Rishton wrote:
French Rover wrote:
We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ???

I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong.

You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !!
Very well summarised J.C
Hendry .Gambling expert !

Why is it all these guys that go bankrupt through gambling are so sh*t at gambling ?/

And why are ROVERS employing a guy that is making his bets with his local bookies that Rovers LOSE certain games ?
[quote][p][bold]Rover since 1947[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers![/p][/quote]Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ??? I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong. You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !![/p][/quote]Very well summarised J.C[/p][/quote]Hendry .Gambling expert ! Why is it all these guys that go bankrupt through gambling are so sh*t at gambling ?/ And why are ROVERS employing a guy that is making his bets with his local bookies that Rovers LOSE certain games ? penrithrover
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6:47pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Captain Dreckley says...

We need to remember that we are playing against one if the worst defences in the championship. I hope to hell Nunes plays tomorrow and we can give the service to Rhodes that will see him have a field day. Rhodes is the best striker in the championship bar none and certainly not Charlie flash in the pan Austin. Burnley are no better than Peterborough and we saw what Rhodes did to them. I'm pretty confident in the cold light of day on Monday morning we will see Burnley town centre renovated again by the raging inbreds.
Come on you blues
We need to remember that we are playing against one if the worst defences in the championship. I hope to hell Nunes plays tomorrow and we can give the service to Rhodes that will see him have a field day. Rhodes is the best striker in the championship bar none and certainly not Charlie flash in the pan Austin. Burnley are no better than Peterborough and we saw what Rhodes did to them. I'm pretty confident in the cold light of day on Monday morning we will see Burnley town centre renovated again by the raging inbreds. Come on you blues Captain Dreckley
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8:01pm Sat 1 Dec 12

50rover says...

FCBurnley wrote:
50rover wrote:
Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!!

3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!!
You got the last line right. Enjoy DIVISION 1
We will see dingle- is it difficult trimming 6 nails pert hand
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]50rover[/bold] wrote: Lets go for it tomorrow 4-4-2. Let the Dingles worry about us. Give JR the service he needs and he will win us the game!! 3-1 to Rovers and the interbred muppets go quiet again. We will then play them 1 more time and not meet again for years.COME ON ROVERS!!!![/p][/quote]You got the last line right. Enjoy DIVISION 1[/p][/quote]We will see dingle- is it difficult trimming 6 nails pert hand 50rover
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9:03pm Sat 1 Dec 12

dangerous dave says...

Mr Berg - we should be playing every match as an occasion - your sounding more like Kean everyday with just as much 'little' inspiration!!!
Bolton got beat today and we have moved further down the table and it could get worse tomorrow - I'll say it again get shut of Keans cohorts Black and Hendry before its to late bring in your own backroom staff and be judges fairly - or perhaps you are frightened of being judged this way!!!!!!!!!!!!
OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW SINGH BLACK HENDRY VENKEYS
Mr Berg - we should be playing every match as an occasion - your sounding more like Kean everyday with just as much 'little' inspiration!!! Bolton got beat today and we have moved further down the table and it could get worse tomorrow - I'll say it again get shut of Keans cohorts Black and Hendry before its to late bring in your own backroom staff and be judges fairly - or perhaps you are frightened of being judged this way!!!!!!!!!!!! OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW SINGH BLACK HENDRY VENKEYS dangerous dave
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12:26am Sun 2 Dec 12

Tomschoey says...

whoever scores first will win. Its as simple as that, if we get a goal early on then the dingles will start to push forward, if this is the case I can see us putting 3 or 4 past them. BUT if Burnley get the early goal then they will put 3 or 4 past us. I personally feel that Rovers will win but you never know.
whoever scores first will win. Its as simple as that, if we get a goal early on then the dingles will start to push forward, if this is the case I can see us putting 3 or 4 past them. BUT if Burnley get the early goal then they will put 3 or 4 past us. I personally feel that Rovers will win but you never know. Tomschoey
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3:34am Sun 2 Dec 12

MxMave says...

J.C - Rishton wrote:
French Rover wrote:
We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers!
Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ???

I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong.

You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !!
4-0 to Burnley. We are going to get mauled.
[quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We will beat Burnley quite easily - probably by at least two clear goals...3-1 to the Rovers![/p][/quote]Christ why do you have to give a prediction - do you never learn ??? I've never known you to get one right yet - infact you usually get it horendously wrong. You're a worse predictor of football results than Colin Hendry !![/p][/quote]4-0 to Burnley. We are going to get mauled. MxMave
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