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Heaton Can't Wait For Derby Day

Clarets' keeper looks to keep run going in first League Cup clash

22 August 2017

Clarets’ captain Tom Heaton is ready to embrace another East Lancashire derby as Burnley look to keep the momentum swinging their way.

The Clarets had gone 35 years without beating Blackburn Rovers before finally ending the hoodoo with a 2-1 win at Ewood Park in March 2014 on the way to winning promotion to the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s then did the double over Rovers in the Clarets’ 2015/16 Championship-title winning season as their unbeaten run in the derby extended to six games.

Heaton has played in the last four of those matches and the Burnley number-one said the prospect of Wednesday’s second-round Carabao Cup tie at Ewood Park isn’t exciting only the fans.

“And for the players. Make no mistake, we were all delighted when the draw came in,” said Heaton.

“It’s a fantastic match we are all looking forward to. It’s a fantastic night as players, fans and for the club.

"We’ve had some good results against them over the last few years and hopefully we can come away with the win.

Tom Heaton kept a clean sheet as the Clarets won at Ewood Park in October, 2015

“We’ll be going there geared up to win the game and give it everything we’ve got.

“The new lads coming in will certainly get an eye opener for the atmosphere and how good it is.

“They’re brilliant games to play in, I’ve enjoyed every minute of them.”

Depending on the side Dyche selects to face Blackburn, the first League Cup meeting between the two sides could also be a first taste of the rivalry for a good number of the Clarets’ squad.

But the Burnley boss is confident they will know what to expect as he looks to extend his own unbeaten record in the fixture.

“Most of these players have played in big games all around their careers at other clubs, so they know what derbies are about,” said Dyche.

“I don’t think there are too many players here who won’t have experienced a derby of sorts.

“This is just another version of what they have experienced.”


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