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Lowton Relishing Derby Debut

4 March 2016

Derby debutant Matthew Lowton says the Clarets will go into Saturday’s Turf Moor clash against Blackburn Rovers with the same positive approach.

Lowton watched Scott Arfield’s stunning winner at Ewood Park in October from the substitute’s bench in his first experience of the East Lancashire rivalry.

And the full-back is looking forward to being in the thick of the action as Burnley look to extend their unbeaten sequence against Rovers to six games.

He said: “I was on the bench at Blackburn and when we were driving into Ewood on the coach, you could see the large number of fans on the streets and in the ground.

“It was obvious what the game meant to everyone, so I’m expecting another passionate day.

“But for us, we go into every game with the intention of getting three points, and this game is the same.

“Of course, the day is a big occasion for fans, but we are just concentrated on playing well, pressing hard and doing our most to get the win.

The former Aston Villa defender is no stranger to big derby spectacles, winning his last two for his former club.

Lowton added: “I remember playing West Brom twice last season in the space of a week; in the cup on a Tuesday night and then in the league on Saturday, winning both games.

“It was a great for the players and the fans and I always enjoy derby games because there’s a lot riding on them.

“But we are top of the table, flying high, so I see no reason we can’t get another valuable three points on Saturday.”

Blackburn go into Saturday’s fixture on the back of a 2-1 win against promotion rivals Middlesbrough, leaving the North East club a point behind the Clarets ahead of their own home game against Wolves tonight.

Lowton added: “It was a rare occasion on Tuesday night wanting Blackburn to win, but it shows as long as we keep winning games and putting in solid performances, it will be tough for other teams to keep up with us.

“We were far from our best last weekend, but we showed a lot of grit and determination, and when we went a goal down we didn’t crumble, we hung in there and our hard work on the training ground meant that our fitness and quality prevailed in the end.”

The Clarets enjoyed a fruitful February, keeping four clean sheets in six games and conceding just two goals in the calendar month; a feat Lowton is keen to continue in a crucial March.

He said: “We have been solid at the back and it’s an old cliché, but if you keep clean sheets you have a great chance of winning the game.

“The manager was obviously a defender himself and he has done a lot of work defensively with us, not just with the defenders but with the whole team and it will be nice to start this month with another clean sheet.

“We like to build from a strong base as we have a lot of pace and quality throughout the team, so we know that if we do our bit defensively, we will always create chances to score goals like we have done all season."

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