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Ings: 'Burnley can make history on derby day'
DANNY Ings has called on all Clarets to “make history” on derby day.
While Burnley are mindful of the 34-year gap since they last came out on top of the East Lancashire duel, they are equally aware of the need to improve current form.
Ings feels they are capable of overcoming both obstacles at Ewood Park on Sunday, and giving themselves and the fans the lift they need for a positive end to the season.
And the forward says ending more than three decades of derby hurt would be the perfect tonic.
“It’s going to be a tough game but it’s a good one for the fans and us,” said Ings.
“It will always be good to make history as a team – for ourselves and for our fans.
“Sunday is the perfect game to have after the run we’ve been on.
“It’s a massive game and everyone wants to play in the derby.
“The lads are looking sharp and hungry. We want to put all the bad games behind us now and look forward.
“We’ve spoken about what needs to be done and we’ll look to go on a good run.”
Burnley countered a strong start to 2013 – beginning with three straight league wins and clean sheets to boost play-off hopes – by slipping down the table following a run of only one win in nine.
But Ings is confident the Clarets are ready to come out on the right side of that rut, which includes Monday night’s 1-0 home defeat to Hull City.
“You never know what’s going to happen in football.
“We went on a very good run then when on a bad run – every team does that – but hopefully the other night was the last one on that bad run for us,” he said.
“Blackburn will be disappointed they didn’t get through to the FA Cup semi finals and are going to look for a reaction on Sunday. But I’m confident we can match whatever they’ve got, and beat them.
“It’s all about whoever turns up on the day. But with it being their home game in a way there is more pressure on them than us.
“We just have to go there with clear minds. If we do that we can come out on top.”
Ings felt they were close to over-coming their derby hoodoo when the teams first met this season at Turf Moor, in early December.
“It was a great atmosphere – the fans were fantastic,” said the 20-year-old, who played his part in securing a late 1-1 draw after coming on as a second half substitute.
“The game was quick with a sharp, high tempo and a good standard.
“We had chances where we could have won the game – their keeper pulled off some good saves.
“We got a late equaliser but over the whole process of the game we could have won it.”
Of their prospects this weekend, the former Bournemouth forward added: “They’ve got a great squad, having just come down from the Premier League. They’ve got great players, but so do we.
“Charlie Austin is an out and out goalscorer, the same as Jordan Rhodes, but hopefully we can keep him quiet.”