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Duff: We Know What It Means

23 October 2015

Michael Duff says the players are fully aware of the significance of tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn Rovers for the fans.

The 37-year-old has tasted the East Lancashire affair on eight occasions and helped end the 35-year wait for a win at Ewood Park in the 2013/14 promotion season.



Duff is hoping to taste success again and give the travelling fans ‘something to shout about’ as the Clarets seek a seventh victory of the current campaign.

He said: “I think it’s the one that supporters all look for, the two games home and away. It’s a big game, there is no getting away from it.

“I did an interview last week which was three games ago and they were talking about this one which shows how important it is locally.

“You have to take one at a time. We’re coming off the back of four points in two games after a tough away game on Tuesday. It’s another tough game but it is one we’re all looking forward to.

“As a professional footballer, these are the sort of games you want to play in. You want to be in front of full stadiums and games that mean a lot.

“When you first sign for the club, the game that all the supporters tell you about is this one so we’re aware of the significance.

“The supporters will be having their own battle to make the most noise and we’re hoping to give them something to shout about.”

Blackburn picked up a point at home against Derby County on Wednesday after a resolute display which saw them notch a four straight clean sheet in front of their own fans.

Despite that resilience though, the Clarets stalwart says the onus is on them to impose their own playing style on the game.

He added: “We know what we want to do and what we want to achieve. It doesn’t matter who is in front of us, we have to go about it in our own way and try to win the game and pick up points – this is no 
different.

“Whether we’re favourites or not it doesn’t really matter on a piece of paper, ultimately it’s after the game where hopefully the team that deserves to win the game does so.

“It’s no mean feat keeping four clean sheets in a row so they’re obviously a solid unit and one with someone like Jordan Rhodes up front means there is always danger.”


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