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Jutkiewicz: Let's Lay Down A Marker

13 August 2015

Lukas Jutkiewicz says the Clarets want to lay down a marker in front of the Turf Moor crowd ahead of the Birmingham City clash.

The striker, who was voted as man of the match at Leeds United by supporters, is relishing being back in front of the home fans for the first time in the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

And having gained a valuable point at Elland Road on the opening day, Jutkiewicz is hoping to build on it with all three against the Blues.

He said: “It was a tough start away at Elland Road in a good atmosphere. With the way the game went I think a point was possibly a fair result but now we’re looking to take three on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to being back at home as the fans provided a great atmosphere last season and stuck with the boys.

“We’re hoping they can do the same this season and we’ll be trying to give them something to cheer about.

“You want three points and we’re looking to lay down a marker. It’s nice for the fans that it’s on television as well so I hope we can put on a performance for them.

“It was nice to be voted man of the match last week and I’m looking to build on that this week both personally, but as a team as well to get the three points.

“I’d love to score a few goals this season for the fans and hopefully contribute in getting us promoted.”

Opponents Birmingham City come to Turf Moor having won both of their opening games, against Reading and Bristol Rovers respectively.

Jutkiewicz last met the Midlands side on the last day of the 2013/14 Championship campaign when the Blues dramatically survived after the Clarets striker had all but condemned them to League One football after netting to make it 2-0.

Since then, a change in manager in Gary Rowett has seen this weekend’s opponents make progress and the 26-year-old forward is expecting a tough test.

“They’ve started well and it takes a while for the league to sort itself out but they’ll be like a lot of teams in this league. That’s physical, competitive and it’s up to us to come up to that challenge.

“It’s a different kind of challenge for us and teams will possibly look to us and think they can come and sit in and make things difficult for us but it’s up to us to find a way to break that down.

“Gary Rowett seems to have picked things up and turned the club around since that game where they stayed up, which was a big moment for their club, and they seem to be going well.”

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