DERBY talisman David Dunn insists every Blackburn Rovers player know the importance of extending the club’s proud unbeaten run over their bitter rivals Burnley tomorrow.
And Dunn, who has scored three goals in his last three East Lancashire derbies, knows that a victory over the second-placed Clarets could be just what Rovers need to put their season back on track.
“Everyone is aware of what the record means to the fans so I’m sure the manager and the coaching staff will be drilling that home in the next couple of days,” said the 34-year-old, who is hopeful of being fit after missing last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
“The record is something the players should be proud of and we want to keep that going.
“But more than anything it is three points and a home game we can get something out of.
“The most important thing is to get a win on the board and push for those play-offs like we keep saying.”
Rovers are now six points behind the top six after suffering their biggest league defeat of the campaign.
Burnley, in contrast, are now five points clear of third place after they stretched their run without league defeat to 11 matches with a vital 2-0 victory over automatic promotion rivals Derby County.
Dunn said: “There’s quite a lot at stake.
“If they get a win they will carry on their run of form, which has been excellent of late, and likewise if we get a win it will hopefully kick start us and push us into the last play-off spot.”
But Dunn accepts that Rovers will have to play a lot better than they did against Bolton.
He said: “I’m a big Blackburn fans but you’ve got to give credit where it’s due, Burnley are doing well.
“But we’ve been bubbling away quite nicely ourselves until last weekend.
“That was a real kick in the backside for us and we’ve got to bounce back – and what better way than in a derby like this.
“But everyone is going to have to be at it and be at full strength.”
Dunn made an appearance at the club shop at Ewood Park yesterday.
He served behind the counter, signed autographs and posed for pictures to help promote his attempts to raise money for charity by raffling off the black boots he was wearing when he scored the dramatic equaliser in last season’s East Lancashire derby at Ewood.
Raffle tickets cost £10 with all proceeds to be split between three charities – HYPE of Blackburn, The John Bury Trust and Prostate Cancer UK.
The draw will be made at Rovers’ home game against Bournemouth on Wednesday.
Dunn said: “The boots are an important memento but what I’d get out of them wouldn’t mean as much giving someone locally something they need.”