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Trippier: Let’s Crank Up The Pressure

17 April 2014

Kieran Trippier is hoping a seaside special will crank up the pressure on third-placed Derby County.

Burnley travel to Blackpool on Good Friday for a 5-15pm kick off with the Tangerines, two hours ahead of The Rams’ trip to Doncaster Rovers.

And with a healthy eight-point gap over Steve McClaren’s side, Trippier knows a positive result at Bloomfield Road would send out a real message of intent.

The Clarets defender said: “I think Derby have to win all of their four games.

“We’re playing before them on Friday so if we can get the three points that we need, it will put a lot of pressure on them afterwards.

“Hopefully we can go to Blackpool, get the big three points that we need against our local rivals and put all the pressure on Derby.”

The stakes are high as the games run out at the business end a gruelling Championship campaign.

And as they look to bounce back form the setback of a home defeat to Middlesbrough,  Trippier insists there are no nerves in the Clarets camp as they stand on the cusp of a decisive result.

He said: “We’re in a great position!

“If we had been asked at the start of the season whether we would take eight points clear with four games to go, we’d obviously take that.

“Nothing went right for us against Middlesbrough, but there are no nerves around the camp.

“I think we dominated from minute one and we were just unfortunate with the goal we conceded.

“We gave it everything, we had 27 shots on target with no goals which just shows how tough we are mentally and that the nerves won’t break us.

“The gaffer puts it in our minds that it’s just one game at a time and Friday is no different.

 “it’s another massive game for us, so we will go to Blackpool, hopefully keep a clean sheet and get the three points we need.”

Burnley’s strong league position is down in no small part to the defensive solidarity shown consistently throughout the campaign.

And while it has been Trippier’s attacking exploits catching the eye of most this season, the 23-year-old makes up part of a reliable defensive unit that has so far kept 17 clean sheets.

With a trip to Bloomfield Road the next challenge facing the Clarets’ mean defence, Trippier has his eye on another shut-out.

He added: “The amount of clean sheets we’ve got this year is magnificent.

“We’ve been reliable defensively at the back and we’ve got a good record.

“After all the goals we were conceding last year and the year before, we’ve come a long way and 17 clean sheets is a nice record to have.

“It’s not just the back five that needs all the credit but the whole team.

“Another one on Friday would be the icing on the cake along with the three points.”

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