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Trippier: We've Laid Down A Defensive Marker

18 September 2014

Kieran Trippier believes the Clarets have laid down a defensive marker after successive clean sheets in the Premier League.

A 0-0 draw against an Angel Di Maria-inspired Manchester United last time out at Turf Moor was followed up with a hard-fought goalless draw at Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Dyche’s men will look to register their first three points of the campaign against Sunderland.

And defender Trippier is hopeful that the form of both himself and the defensive unit can prove key once more.

The 23-year-old said: “We’re delighted with the two clean sheets in succession as a back five, including Tom Heaton and hopefully we can take that into the weekend.

“Last year we had the best defensive record in the Championship and hopefully we can try and do something similar this year.

“They’re massive markers defensively. Not many teams will go to Palace and get a clean sheet.

“It was a good point in the end and hopefully this weekend with Sunderland coming to town we can get all three for the fans.

“The fans might think that these games are must win but as a group we certainly don’t as every game in this league is a difficult one.

“We want to take it game by game just as we did last year and this Saturday is no different and we want three points as always.

“That would make a massive difference for our confidence and belief and then we could travel to West Brom away next weekend and go again.”

And as the Clarets continue to grow into the Premier League campaign, Trippier, who contributed 14 assists on the way to automatic promotion, says he has also had to adapt his own game so it is in keeping with the increase in quality the top-flight brings.

He added: “It’s changed a lot since last year as obviously I was going forward in pretty much every game.

“This year, I’ve got to be patient as it’s a different quality this league I have to pick and choose my moments of when I go forward.

“I think my defending has come on a lot and I think I’ve been defending better than I ever have before.

“Hopefully I can improve even further and go forward with that this year.”

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