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McCann Looking For Derby Lift-Off

19 October 2012

Chris McCann wants Turf Moor win to spark revival

Chris McCann is looking for a derby-day tonic under caretaker boss Terry Pashley to ‘kick-start’ the Clarets’ season.

Burnley face Blackpool at Turf Moor on Saturday evening (kick-off 5.20pm) in search of a first win in four games after surrendering the lead in their last three matches before the international break.

Since then Eddie Howe has ended his managerial reign and with Pashley holding the fort, McCann is looking for three points to haul the Clarets away from the wrong end of the Championship table.

“It was a bit of a surprise when he (Howe) left but these things happen in football,” said McCann.

“He said it was for family reasons, which you have to fully respect and understand. Family comes first, no matter what your job is and we wish him all the best.

“You can’t really dwell on it. What’s happened has happened. You have to move forward.

“We just have to carry on as a normal week. Terry has taken over and the training has been good. We have picked up some positives this week and hopefully we can take those into the game and we are all just looking forward to Saturday.”

Chris McCann is looking to bounce back from defeat at Palace

The midfielder, who came through the Clarets’ youth team with Pashley as his boss, added: “It was going to be a big game anyway, regardless of what has happened.

“You can’t really say because you don’t have a manager it’s going to be an even bigger game. It’s a massive game anyway.

“We want to kick-start our season. We need the three points to kick on back up the league. We don’t want to be down where we are.”

The Clarets are only three points clear of the relegation places after taking only two points from their last three games under Howe.

And McCann, whose third goal of the season helped the Clarets establish a 2-0 lead before slumping to a 4-3 defeat at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, is eager to make amends with a repeat of last October’s 3-1 win over the eighth-placed Seasiders.

“Hopefully with the home crowd behind us we can put on another performance, like we did at Turf Moor last season when we beat them,” he said.

“It’s a massive game for us and not only for us, but for the fans as well. They need something to scream and shout about.

“Although our performances have been okay in the first half (of games), the second half hasn’t really been great so we want to really give them something to really shout about for the full 90 minutes and there’s no better game than in a local derby.

“It wasn’t ideal to go into the international break on the back of a loss and we are eager to get back to winning ways.”

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