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Duff on Chelsea Test

18 February 2015

Michael Duff believes that the Clarets will soon pick up wins away from home if they can replicate recent performances against Chelsea this weekend.

The Clarets display against Manchester United earned many plaudits, but were defeated after being undone by two set-pieces, before Robin van Persie’s late penalty.

But ahead of another difficult test, elder statesman Duff insists that if the squad continue to play with freedom and bravery they have no reason to fear a trip to Stamford Bridge.

He said: “It’s a free hit. We don’t get given a chance against many teams away from home, but look at the performance against Manchester United.

“I’ve not been to Old Trafford many times and seen many teams do what we did to them, especially in the first half.

“They got out of jail with the two set pieces and we’ve spoken about that after. But if we keep performing like that it will pay you back sooner or later.

“We know against Chelsea they have some good players, and it’s going to be difficult. We probably have to produce a similar performance to get any sort of result, which is what we will be
trying to do.

“The outside perception is that people are saying the next few games are difficult, but the first 23 were quite difficult as well!”

Duff is only remaining survivor from the 2008/2009 side that overturned this weekend’s opponents in the Quarter Final of the Capital One Cup.

The 37-year-old scored the winning penalty at Stamford Bridge, before Brian Jensen denied Jon Obi Mikel in sudden death.

And as he prepares to try and help the Clarets inflict more capital punishment this weekend, he took time to reflect on a famous night for the club.

He added: “It was a great night and quite funny, because in the team meeting before the game Owen was showing us clips of their strengths and weaknesses.

“We put a few weaknesses up, but he stopped after one clip and said ‘They haven’t really got any. Just go and have a go at them!

“That’s the way we played that year though and we proved we were a very good cup team.

“We showed a lot a lot of character going one down with the home record they had and the players they had.

“I remember Wade missed a penalty, along with one of their players. I think Wade went on to score quite an important goal that year though!

“It went to sudden death and Stevie Caldwell had been sent off, nobody could find Ade and that left three of us. Steven Jordan, Chris McCann and myself.

“We were all adamant we weren’t going to take one, to the point where the referee was insisting, so Grezza pointed at me and said ‘you’re the oldest, you’re taking it.

“I had missed one in the play-off semi-finals at Cheltenham a long time before, and I vowed never to take another, so that was going through my head and I ended up smashing it down the middle and then Beasty went on to save the next penalty and has been dining out on that ever since!”

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