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Champagne stays on ice if Clarets go up as Trippier targets title
KIERAN Trippier says the champagne will stay on ice even if Burnley secure promotion tomorrow, because the title would be their next target.
The right back insists there have not been discussions about how they might celebrate if they beat Blackpool and Derby fail to beat Doncaster in the later kick-off, even though that outcome would guarantee the Clarets a place in the Premier League with three games to spare.
Trippier knows manager Sean Dyche will want them to stay focused until the end of the last game of the season.
“Even if it did happen (tomorrow) there’s no way,” said the defender when asked if they would be allowed to celebrate should promotion be secured before the Easter Monday visit of Wigan. “The manager will want to win every game, and so will we.
“I can’t imagine him letting us go and celebrate, not until the final whistle of the last game of the season. “He would celebrate with us, but not with alcohol or anything.
“We would want to become champions if Leicester slip up.”
A win over struggling Blackpool in tomorrow’s tea-time televised kick-off would increase their cushion in second place to 11 points before Derby try to play catch-up in the evening game at Doncaster.
If the Rams win to reduce the gap back to eight, with nine points to play for, then the promotion push would roll on to Easter Monday.
However, should Derby drop points, it would be enough for promotion.
But Dyche admitted they have not even discussed what they would do in the event of promotion tomorrow.
“To be honest we haven’t really over-thought it. The main thing for us is the game on Friday. Anything after that takes care of itself.
“Whatever happens there’s another game on Monday. We’re really just focused on that and the rest of it will take care of itself,” said Dyche.
Although the games fall close together, there would be nothing to stop the Clarets toasting their success. Alcohol is permitted a minimum of two days before the next game.
“I think it’s two days contractually, but I’m certainly not thinking that deeply about that,” Dyche continued.
“I’m thinking deeply about getting a result on Friday and going there to win, but I’m not really over-thinking anything else.”
The players do intend to watch the Doncaster-Derby game on the way back from Bloomfield Road.
“Of course we’ll be watching it, we’ll be hoping Doncaster can do us a favour,” said Trippier.
“But even if Derby win it’s not going to bother us really, we’ll just go into Monday – another game – and look to get the three points.”
Burnley go into tomorrow’s game with everyone bar long-term injury victim Sam Vokes available.
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