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Barton: Let's Not Be A Scalp For Rivals

4 March 2016

Joey Barton has urged Burnley to maintain their good habits and avoid becoming a “scalp” for local rivals Blackburn Rovers.

The Clarets midfielder was on the winning side in his first East Lancashire derby when the Clarets won for a second successive season at Ewood Park earlier this season.

And ahead of the eagerly–anticipated rematch at Turf Moor this weekend, Barton insists the Clarets have to look to extend their stunning run of recent form.

He said: “We’re all aware of what’s going on locally. Derbies mean local bragging rights for a long period and if you look at this game, we’re more of a scalp for Blackburn.

“They are kind of floating about in the middle of the table and don’t really have much to play for in their season, by the looks of it.

“We’ve turned them over at their place earlier on in the campaign, so I think it will be a case of them looking to right the wrongs of the season.”

“For us, while we’re aware of what’s at stake locally, they’re just another team in the way."

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Barton added: “They have lost a goalscorer in (Jordan) Rhodes, but they’ve got some more than capable players and Paul Lambert obviously knows his way out of this division.

“He’s someone who seems quite calm and level-headed from the outside, so I think he’ll be a good appointment in the long-term.

“They are in a transition period, but form and position in the league table go out of the window in a local derby.

“For us, it will be about our team shape, our team discipline, and our daily habits.

“They are the stuff that win you games and they won us the game against Bolton last weekend.

“We didn’t play fantastically but we have a real unity between us as a group, we have team spirit and a collective team discipline.

 “If Blackburn manage to match that and turn us over, then you have to hold your hand up and say well done.

“The league table says they don’t do that every week, and it says we do, so I’m really, really looking forward to Saturday.”

The video, courtesy of BeIN Sports, can now be seen on Clarets Player HD. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.



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