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Trippier: We’re Fit For Leeds

14 March 2014

Kieran Trippier has played down concerns about potential tiredness among the Burnley squad ahead of Saturday’s visit of Leeds United.

The Clarets achieved a historic victory over local rivals Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last Sunday before gaining another point from Wednesday’s trip to Birmingham City.

On Saturday, they face their third game in the space of just six days when Brian McDermott’s team pay visit to Turf Moor.

However, the right-back rejects claims the players might feel the effects of the last two away matches at the weekend.

In fact, he believes the busy fixture list might actually suit Burnley.

Trippier said: “Personally, I don’t feel tired and I don’t think any of the lads do.

“We had a good recovery day [after the Birmingham game] and we’re all as fit as ever and getting ready for Leeds on Saturday.

“I think [the busy schedule] goes in our favour, actually.

“When we play teams we look at our fitness stats comparing to the opposition and I think we run all over them and it will be no different at the weekend.

“We take it game by game. We all enjoyed the one on Sunday, but that’s gone out of our minds now as has the match against Birmingham on Wednesday night.

“We recovered well and then we have a nice session today and we’re all looking forward to Saturday.”

The Clarets have this week completed a full calendar year without a league defeat at home.

Hull City were the last team to win at Turf Moor in the Championship. Since then, Burnley have gone 21 games unbeaten on their home soil.

And Trippier says the post-war record-breaking run has contributed to opponents adopting a cautious game plan when coming to Turf.

He added: “I think this season teams have come to Turf and maybe sat off and defended instead of pressing us [high up the pitch], trying to contain us, really.

“But we’ve picked them off and that’s not worked for too many teams.

“Leeds have conceded quite a lot of goals in the last three games, but they’ll bring a good number of fans to Turf Moor like they always have done.

“Our supporters will be behind us, though, giving us a good response and backing us to get the three points.”

The right-back has been in impressive form all season.

On Wednesday, he claimed his 14th assist of the campaign – more than any other player in the Championship – when Michael Duff converted his delivery from a free-kick into a goal at St Andrew’s

And Trippier remains confident he is not finished yet!

He said: “I’m happy with my performances this year and if I can get the ball in the box and any of my teammates can get on the end of it and put it in the back of the net, I’m happy.

“I’ve got fourteen [assists] now and hopefully there are many more to come before the end of the season.”

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