BURNLEY players have been warned to keep their cool in the heat of the Lions Den.

The Clarets head back to Millwall tomorrow just two weeks after a fiery FA Cup meeting between the two sides, culminating in Paul Weller's red card for a push on chief aggressor Dennis Wise.

But assistant boss Sam Ellis insists Burnley, still unbeaten in the league this year, have nothing to fear if they remain focused for another testing 90 minutes.

He said: "The players controlled themselves well that day other than Paul's blemish, which we didn't think was any worse than what had gone on beforehand.

"If they control themselves in the same way tomorrow, there's no reason why we can't go there and win the game.

"The lads come up against difficult opponents most weeks, although Dennis is better at it than most.

"It's just something you have to deal with and it's good experience for them. They have seen it a couple of times this season and surely they can handle it now."

Ellis added: "It's never a good feeling getting beat and we didn't think we deserved it (the FA Cup defeat).

"That certainly means we are not afraid to go back there this weekend and see if we can sort them out."

Burnley travel south with injury doubts over midfield duo Neil Wood and the influential Richard Chaplow, who, other than suspensions, has not missed a game since September.

Tony Grant and Paul Weller also both serve bans imposed for cards picked up during clashes with Lions player-boss Wise a fortnight ago.

And with such a small squad at Stan Ternent's disposal, right hand man Ellis fears Burnley may even struggle to fill the bench for the 11th time this season.

He said: "We have the suspensions and it makes it very difficult for the manager to pick the side because we are down to the bare bones even before that.

"We might not even have a full squad for tomorrow and if the worst comes to the worst, we might not even be able to fill the bench.

"The injured lads will be trying their hardest, but in Richard's case it's difficult to come off at half time at Reading on a Tuesday night and then be fit for Saturday. It's a decision the gaffer will have to make."

On-loan Newcastle reserve team skipper Bradley Orr, 21, will certainly start a league game for the first time in his career following three substitute appearances for the Clarets.

And Ellis is hoping whoever joins him in midfield tomorrow can help extend the Clarets six-game unbeaten league run and further ease fears of being dragged into a relegation fight.

He said: "We were never worried because we always knew the players would react to where we were.

"They didn't think they should be down there, but the only way to prove that is by going out and doing it on the pitch.

"At the present time things have been going well and the players have been applying themselves and playing as we knew they could for a couple of months now.

"It's a good run we are on and we don't want to talk about it too much and tempt fate.

"But the players are confident and there's no reason they can't go on. They are looking forward to playing."