David Eyres' Clarets column

Ashley Barnes

Ashley Barnes

First published in News

WHILE Burnley had a comfortable outing on Tuesday against Doncaster, today’s opponents Leicester endured a frustrating evening trying to break down Yeovil, which they eventually did to earn a draw.

It may have taken quite a bit out of them physically ahead of this huge game, but at the same time they finished the game on a high and it could prove to be a big point for them.

Maximum points from last week’s games have put us in a strong position to get promoted, but with Leicester’s slip-up we now have the chance to go top with a win.

I think most people would still make Leicester favourites for the title and a win for them would go a long way towards them doing that.

It will be a tall order to beat them as they have a squad full of quality, but a win would be a big step towards achieving our own goals.

It’s certainly a scenario most of us would have taken in August: a game against Leicester this late in the season for the right to be top of the league!

Given that we are so close now, I think the experience of people like Michael Kightly, who has won this division before with Wolves, will be more crucial than ever.

As a player, one winner’s medal is never enough and I’m sure he will be striving to get his hands on another while passing on his experience to the rest of the squad.

I think the game itself will be quite open, especially given the distance between ourselves and the teams below us in the table which allows us to go for the win rather than worrying about what other teams may be doing.

Leicester may be more focused on not losing so they can stay top and the first goal will be crucial. If we get it, I can see us coming out on top.

Leicester arrive at Turf Moor with their strike partnership of Jamie Vardy and ex-Burnley forward David Nugent in top form while Danny Ings remains sidelined for the Clarets.

Despite this, I believe Ashley Barnes has shown himself to be an excellent replacement.

He’s got his opportunity through Danny’s injury and he’s taken it by grabbing a goal at Charlton and performing well against Doncaster. Of course, we’d all love Danny to be back for the game but Ashley will be full of confidence and will be looking to continue his promising partnership with Sam Vokes.

Whatever happens today, I am really looking forward to it!

People up and down the country will be keeping an eye on it and it should be a cracker.

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