Caretaker boss seeks balance between defence and attack
Terry Pashley insists the Clarets must play with their heads as well as their hearts when they go into derby battle tonight.
Pashley will lead Burnley for the first time as caretaker manager in the tea-time kick-off against Blackpool at Turf Moor (5.20pm).
The stand-in boss doesn’t want the free-scoring Clarets – joint leading scorers in the Championship – to lose their cutting edge as they seek a first win in four games.
But with Burnley shipping more goals than anyone else in the division, Pashley admits they mustn’t be too gung-ho in their pursuit of derby glory against a Blackpool side looking to end their own poor run of three defeats in four matches.
“We can’t hide that fact (that we have been conceding),” said the long-serving youth coach.
“We want to really impose ourselves but we have to be aware of the threats that Blackpool pose and we have to deal with those threats. So it is about getting the balance right.
“We are playing at home and we want to play on the front foot.
“But we have to play with our heads, not just our hearts.
“It’s a long time, 90 minutes, and we have to get the balance right.”
Pashley looks likely to be in charge of at least two games - including a mid-week trip to Bristol City - as the Clarets continue their search for a permanent replacement for Eddie Howe.
And Blackpool couldn’t have been more fitting opponents for his first test with Pashley playing more than 200 games for the club after leaving Turf Moor to sign for the Seasiders in 1976.
“I spent five good years there. I enjoyed my time there and I still live in the town,” added the 55-year-old (pictured above in his Blackpool days).
“But I work for Burnley Football Club and my one focus is on getting us three points at the weekend.”