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Tyre-some training pays off for Burnley defender Trippier
FASTER, higher, stronger is the Olympic motto that appears to be manifesting itself at Turf Moor this season.
What Burnley lack in squad numbers they are looking to make up for it in physical strength.
Manager Sean Dyche set the precedent in pre-season, with one drill that Kieran Trippier admits he still has flashbacks about.
It involved two commercial tyres being lugged around a pitch by team-mates split into two teams, one working with each other, against the other.
With a puff of his cheeks, elevating both eyebrows, Trippier recalls how tough a session it was; unlike anything he had ever taken part in before.
Judging by his facial expressions it is one he would not wish to repeat.
But as Burnley make one last push for points before the international break at Derby County tomorrow afternoon, the full back can already appreciate it was worth the effort.
“Our fitness this season will be a big part of things,” said Trippier reflecting on a largely positive start to the season, which included a first goal in Tuesday’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over neighbouring Preston, direct from a free-kick.
“We were capable of it with the pre-season we’ve had and the work the gaffer’s put in.
“That tyre session was ridiculous. I still have nightmares about it.
“Hopefully we don't do that again!
“But the amount of running we did has helped.
“I'm fitter than ever and you can look at the physique on the rest of the lads and body fat measurements – the stats say it all.
“We look at the stats every game, how far we’ve run.
“We've run further than every opponent we’ve played.”
Trippier admits it has prompted a bit of in-house competition too, with outfield players trying to ensure they aren’t the ones to cover the least ground.
“You don’t want to be last!” he smiled.
“People are running 11/12k, and that’s far in a game. People don’t see that outside of it, how far individuals are running.
“When you put all that together and compare it with the other teams we’re out-running them.
“That’s a massive factor to our team.
“It shows how fit we are compared to last season.
“Don’t get me wrong we were doing loads of running, but with the gaffer’s first pre-season with us, going away to Ireland, he’s done it his way and it’s paying off because we’ve had a good start.
“We’ve started brightly and sharp and everyone’s looking very well.”
Following a first defeat of the season, at Brighton last weekend after going down to 10 men, Trippier admits the cup win came as a timely tonic ahead of tomorrow's trip to Pride Park.
Asked if the Clarets felt the need to get a 2-0 loss at the AMEX out of their system quickly, the former Manchester City stopper said: “Yes, we did.
“We were disappointed with Heats (Tom Heaton) getting sent off – it was a bizarre second yellow – but it’s happened and it’s gone.
“I thought we did well with 10 men and started passing it well, which was a bit strange.
“But we did well on Tuesday, got a good win and bounced back for Derby tomorrow.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence going into the game now.”
Tuesday provided two reasons for Trippier to celebrate – a goal and a clean sheet.
He added: “It means a lot because Preston are a good side. They did well in the second half, they put a lot of crosses in and had a lot of set pieces and I thought we defended them well.
“I’ve got to congratulate Alex Cisak on his debut. He made some good saves and kept us in the game really with the saves he pulled off.
“The clean sheet was good against them,” said Trippier, who forced a mistake from goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to score his first since last season at Middlesbrough.
“I spoke to the goalkeeper after the game and we had a bit of banter.
“The ball did move a bit.
“I was just delighted to get on the scoresheet and get the win.”
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