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Derby win is vital, says Blackburn Rovers skipper
BLACKBURN Rovers captain Scott Dann has vowed to lead by example in tomorrow’s East Lancashire derby at Burnley (12.15pm).
Dann’s role in the young Rovers team that will line-up at Turf Moor has taken on even more importance after David Dunn was ruled out through injury.
And he knows the importance of the clash with Rovers unbeaten against their rivals in the last 34 years.
Dann said: “There’s a big rivalry among the fans, and you only ever really enjoy them when you win and that’s what we need to make sure we do on Saturday.”
Asked whether he was ready for the extra responsibility that will rest on his shoulders, the skipper said: “I am, yes.
“I played in the two games last year and there have been quite a number of players who’ve come into the squad who haven’t been in this situation before.
“It’s a big game for everyone involved at the club and all the fans.
“I think going into a game like this everyone needs to know what they’re up against and that’s probably my and a couple of the other lads’ jobs to tell them.”
Dann insists Gary Bowyer’s side have not prepared for the 100th competitive meeting of the rivals any differently, but he admits the butterflies will kick in before the game.
“Personally you approach the game in the same way as you do any other game, making sure you do all the things you normally do and be professional,” Dann added.
“But I think come the morning of the game you obviously get a little bit more of a buzz knowing it’s a local derby and that there’s going to be a great atmosphere there.”
Dann played in both 1-1 draws against the Clarets last season, which both featured last-gasp equalisers.
He said: “Obviously it was totally different ends of the spectrum.
“When you concede a goal in the last minute like we did at their place it feels like a defeat.
“To be honest the only thing I can remember from the first game is conceding in the last minute.
“That’s the only bit that stays with me. It wasn’t a good memory but we drew the game and obviously going into the next derby it was nice to be on the other side.”
Should Rovers win tomorrow and extend their unbeaten record over Burnley to 11 games and 35 years they would move above their neighbours into third in the early Championship standings.
But should the Clarets end their hoodoo, they would go top.
Dann said: “I think being above Burnley at this stage is irrelevant. They’ve had a good start to the season and are near the top but we’re going into it on the back of two good results.
“Hopefully it’ll be a good game – as long as we get the right result.”
* Rovers boss Bowyer is continuing his efforts to bring in another forward before tomorrow’s game.
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