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Wallace bids to extend derby run

9 February 2013

Winger aims to add Bolton to list of scalps

‘New signing’ Ross Wallace is seeking more derby-day joy as the Clarets make a rare trip to the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.

Wallace, who this week put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Turf Moor, has only once finished on the losing side in a Lancashire derby since joining Burnley in 2010.

The winger helped the Clarets do the double over former club Preston two seasons ago and this season Burnley have beaten Bolton and Blackpool and shared the points with Blackburn.

Wallace’s only defeat against a local rival came at Blackpool at the end of last term and he is looking to add to his winning record against Bolton on Saturday when Burnley visit the Reebok for only the third time.

“Derby games have been superb since I have been here,” said the Scotland international.

“And hopefully with the away following we have at Bolton we can give them something to shout about.

“When Owen Coyle was there was a little bit of an edge to it.

“But hopefully we can keep that edge. Fans like the derby feel, there will be some tackles going in and we are looking forward to it.

“They still have some really good players, but we will do their homework on them and hopefully we will come up with a game-plan that can give us the win.”

Despite their resources and recent history as a Premier League club, Bolton are struggling just above the relegation zone.

Burnley’s concern is at the other end of the table with Sean Dyche’s men just one place out the play-off places.

And after committing himself to the Clarets, Wallace is looking to sustain a top-six challenge.

“That’s what we wanted come the turn of the year, as long as we had a little chance to have a go for it,” he added.

“Between now and the end of the season we will see how many points we can pick up.

“We are close enough to have a little go at it.”

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