Midfielder believes Clarets are play-off contendersBrian Stock hopes to get the better of his mentor when he lines up against Sean O’Driscoll at Nottingham Forest tomorrow.
Stock started his career under O’Driscoll at AFC Bournemouth and then enjoyed a second successful spell under the quietly spoken Midlander at Doncaster Rovers.
But the Clarets’ midfielder will be on opposite sides for the first time at the City Ground on Saturday when he will be looking to help Burnley hand O’Driscoll’s Forest a third straight defeat.
“I was about 15 years old when I first met Sean and he has taught me a lot about the game,” said Stock.
“Basically I owe my playing career to Sean O’Driscoll, certainly in the early parts.
“I have played a lot of football under him and I enjoyed playing in those sort of teams.
“I think this the first game I have ever come up against him so I am desperate to beat him.”
As well as personal pride, Stock, who played well over 300 games under O’Driscoll’s guidance, wants three points against a Forest side who are likely to be among the challengers for a play-off place come the end of the season.
And the 30-year-old sees no reason why the Clarets can’t be in there pitching with them after making solid progress under new boss Sean Dyche.
“I am desperate for the team to do well. We are in touching distance of the play-offs and if we can string one or two wins together we can climb the league,” Stock added.
“We have put on a number of good performances in recent weeks and I don’t see why we can’t go to Forest and get a result.
“They are a very good side and it will be a tough game but if we stick to what we are doing we will be okay.
“I have played in this league for the last four or five years and I haven’t been involved in a team that has got such a good chance of pushing for the play-offs.”