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Skipper Ready To Do His Derby Duty

1 December 2012

Jason Shackell determined to end winless run

Captain Jason Shackell knows what beating Blackburn would mean to everyone in Burnley as he sets out to become a history maker.

Shackell is just five months into his Turf Moor career and, like most of Sean Dyche’s squad, will get his first taste of the East Lancashire derby on Sunday.

But the defender is already well versed in the fierce rivalry which exists between the two clubs as he sets out to lead Burnley to their first win over Rovers since 1979.

“I have been made fully aware of Sunday. There is a lot of hype surrounding the game and it’s one I’m thoroughly looking forward to,” said Shackell.

“I didn’t really know how big it was until I came here. We had a derby in the first game of the season against Bolton and everyone said it was a massive one and one we wanted to win.

“But they soon said ‘if you think this is big, wait until Blackburn’ so I had the gist of it right at the start of the season. I have played in some good derbies but I’ve heard this one is right up.

“I am sure Turf Moor is going to be bouncing and when the crowd is really behind you like that it gives you that bit of extra motivation to really kick on.

“Whether you are born in Burnley or not born in Burnley, this is very important for the lads.

“We know how important it is for the fans and anyone who thinks it isn’t just as important for us would be wrong.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge but one we’re really looking forward to.”

Shackell’s recent performances have helped the Clarets become tougher to beat under new boss Sean Dyche.

And the former Derby defender believes Burnley have what it takes to end Rovers’ unbeaten eight-game run in the fixture and put themselves in a challenging position in the Championship.

“They have got some very good players who have played at the top level for a long time,” Shackell added.

“Like every game in this league it’s going to be a tough game, but not one we should fear.

“It’s one we should relish and we know if we focus on ourselves, work as hard as we have been and use the ball well we know we can cause any team in this league problems, so we are really confident going into the game.

“We are confident with how we have been playing and how hard we have been working. We have got home advantage so there’s no reason why we can’t go and get a win.

“That’s what we are looking for, that’s what we set out for and if we play as well as we know we can do that’s what we expect.

“It’s been a long time coming but hopefully we can put a few smiles on the faces of Burnley fans on Sunday.

“We are getting close to the half-way point of the season and if we can get a positive result we will be near the top half of the league, we won’t be in a bad position and we can be excited and confident for the rest of the season.”

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