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Keane Targeting A Capital Shutout

7 March 2016

Michael Keane is targeting another defensive shutout against Fulham on Tuesday night as the Clarets look to cement their place in the top two.

The 23-year-old defender returned to the side on Saturday after injury in place of James Tarkowski in the only change.

And after helping earn a 15th clean sheet of the season against East Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers, Keane was pleased that the side continue to find different ways to win ahead of a tricky trip to Craven
Cottage.

He said: "I was pleased to come back into the team as Tarky had done really well while I've been out so it was disappointing for him but thankfully I managed to come back in, do alright and help get another clean sheet.

"The main thing was a win, especially for the fans as we know it's a huge game and we're happy to have done that.

"Our football wasn't as fluid as it could have been but everyone stuck to the roles well, worked hard and we had to deal with a lot of balls into the box so we ground it out well.”

Fulham find themselves in 19th in the Sky Bet Championship despite being second only to the Clarets in the goalscoring charts with 53 this season.

Striking duo Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele were both on target in their 2-2 draw at Reading on Saturday, and Keane is wary of the quality they possess.

"Fulham have a lot of good players especially going forward so we'll have to be at our best to try and keep a clean sheet.

"They've got players who can hurt you but so have we so we need to go there and do what's made us successful so far and hopefully we'll come out with the right result.

"The Championship is a difficult division and every team in this league works hard so on their day they can beat anyone.

"It's hard to see why Fulham find themselves towards the bottom of the league but they have the quality to step it up and we've got to stop them tomorrow.”

"From our perspective, it's brilliant to be top, and it's not a position I've been in before personally so it's different but a lot of the lads have done it before.

"We need to keep going and we won't let it affect how we play. We'll just stick to the principles that have served us well to this point."


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