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David Eyres column: Derby is 'must not lose' for Burnley
TOMORROW is not so much a ‘must win game’ as a ’must not lose’ – for both teams.
Certainly in Blackburn’s case the pressure will be on them to come up with a response following last weekend’s 4-0 humbling at Bolton Wanderers – a mini derby for them in comparison to this one.
That result could well work in Burnley’s favour.
Rovers could be feeling fragile.
On the other hand it could fuel them into fighting back as they bid to force their way into the top six picture themselves.
Clarets fans have waited a long time to experience a derby win.
Plenty will never have known it in their lifetime.
But if the run happens to continue – whatever the outcome – then it’s not the be all and end all.
Don’t get me wrong, I want us to win. I’d love it!
But there is more at stake this season than bragging rights. Much more. And I know what I’d prefer, given the choice.
Although Sean Dyche wants to go out and win every game, I expect he’ll be preaching a similar message to his players.
He has done a great job of keeping them level headed and their feet on the ground, which is why, with just 13 games to go, they remain in the top two.
He has kept the team completely focused on taking it one game at a time.
As the games have gone on and get less and less we are showing we are the real deal.
That’s because, from the manager down, no-one has looked too far ahead and become distracted with ‘what if’ scenarios.
I can’t speak highly enough of Sean and if the lads can keep taking on board what he and his staff are saying we’ll go a long way.
Just look at the effect he’s had on Sam Vokes. He has been outstanding this season and is fully deserving of his player of the month prize.
With a goal for Wales to boot he must be on a complete high, and long may that continue... ideally this weekend!
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