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Dunn admits derby defeat is 'unthinkable'
DAVID Dunn admits the prospect of a derby defeat is “unthinkable” as he urges Blackburn Rovers to use the hurt of their FA cup heartbreak to keep their Burnley record intact.
The Rovers midfielder was in tears at the end of Wednesday’s quarter final defeat to Millwall, admitting that was his last chance of playing at Wembley, and knows more than most the importance of responding with a victory over their fiercest rivals.
Dunn, a Rovers fan from childhood, is likely to make his fifth start of the season in tomorrow’s visit of Burnley knowing his club go into the game having not lost to the Clarets for 34 years.
He also admits Rovers’ Championship finale could be his final games for the club, with his contract out this summer, but is still hopeful he can do enough to extend his stay.
He said: “I wouldn’t like to even think about that (defeat). It is a massive game for us as was Wednesday night. We had two cup finals and have had a real kick in the backside and it is how we react and how positive we can become. “We need to make that a driving force behind how positive we can be on Sunday. “The Burnley game is the biggest derby for our club out there. It is one we have done very well in in recent years and hopefully that continues on Sunday.
“One thing is for sure we are going to have to show a lot of fight and some composure and confidence to play football.
“Being a local lad, I know I am a Blackburn supporter and a Blackburn player, but I have many friends on the other side as well.
“For every bit of stupidity on the terraces you might see, you would probably say most people, 90 per cent, are usually pals that work and socialise together.”
Dunn was one of the few bright sparks for Rovers on Wednesday night as Michael Appleton’s men saw their Wembley dream disappear.
And the 33-year-old admits the pain of the 1-0 defeat to Millwall is difficult to put behind him.
He said: “I am still disappointed. I was upset and disappointed after the game. I am just gutted, personally. Realistically, it will probably be my last chance to play at Wembley. I could get choked up now just thinking about it.
“Before the game I promised my little boy I would take him to Wembley but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. That is probably my last chance of getting to play there, I realise that and I hope that everyone else realises that might be their last chance as well. I hope that everyone is in agreement with that.
“Certainly games come thick and fast. As footballers we can’t really think too much about what happened and we have to move on.”
Dunn’s Rovers future remains uncertain with his current contract expiring in the summer but he insists he is focusing on finishing the season well.
He said: “I hope this season won’t be the end at Rovers for me. If you look over the last few years what has happened, realistically do I have to look to the future? I probably do.
“The only thing I know I can do is try my best, try to perform the best of my ability and if I play the remainder of the season and prove I am worth another season then great. “One door closes and another one opens though, who knows what the future will bring.
“One thing I will say though is if it is, I have had some time here. I have had a whole lot of support from everyone in the town and am truly grateful for the support they have shown me.
“I know I sound like it is a curtain call, it isn’t but you know how things move in football, I wouldn’t not want to say that to people before anything happens.
“I still have the enthusiasm and drive and feel I can make an impact in whatever game I play in. I hadn’t played for six weeks but I certainly felt I was still one of the freshest people out there.”
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