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Gloves come off in Burnley keeper battle
8:53am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Football
GOALKEEPER Alex Cisak is ready for the glove battle to commence.
The summer signing is set for his full debut for Burnley in tonight’s Capital One Cup clash with Preston, following Tom Heaton’s contentious red card at Brighton.
Number one Heaton will serve only a one-match ban, after picking up two yellow cards either side of half-time.
But Cisak is aiming to make the most of his opportunity.
“I’m not complaining when chances come. It’s a tough one. You’ve just got to concentrate when you come on and make sure you’re focused and ready if you do get the opportunity.
“Sometimes you don’t get on the whole season and sometimes you do.
“It was a strange one, I didn’t really see what actually happened with Tom, I just saw he got sent off so I got ready and came on.
“It was a very hard game for us, very hard conditions and unfortunately we didn’t get the result.
“But I was buzzing to come on and get a game but obviously I'd like to start.
“That’s football and hopefully I can start against Preston.”
Burnley’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end at the AMEX Community Stadium on Saturday, but Cisak added: “It’s how we bounce back now.
“We were on a good run before then so I’m sure we can bounce back and perform well.
“A win (tonight) is vital for us.
“We need a good performance as well for the fans and be in the hat for the next round.
“It’s a big game for the fans and all the players want to win anyway so you don’t need any other incentive.
“There’s a great team spirit at the moment, everyone believes we can win every game.
“We’re just going to work as hard as we can.”
And manager Sean Dyche has backed the Australian to step up to the challenge.
“That’s what they’re there for. You don’t bring them into your club unless you think they can do a job,” said the Burnley boss.
“The only disappointment, not for Alex, is that Tom’s been going really nicely.
“He’s really grown into the role here.
“But what’s done is done.”
Cisak’s involvement prompts another alteration to the Clarets’ line-up, which had been unchanged in the opening four games until the weekend, including the earlier cup tie agianst League Two York City.
“I understand the notion of resting or changing players or giving chances to players. Personally speaking this early in the season you’ve just come out of pre-season, I don’t think players should need rest particularly, that early in the season,” said Dyche.
“I want to form a team that wins.
“I’ve said all along, whether it’s pre-season friendly, a training game behind closed doors, a league or a cup game that’s the mentality I want.
“I want that ground into them and they’re delivering it.
“That’s my thinking and I’ll be picking a team that can win again (tonight).”
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