Cotterill warns against complacency
CLARETS boss Steve Cotterill has warned against complacency following their win at Leeds United in midweek, writes Derek Davis.The victory was their first in five Championship outings but Cotteril knows today's clash with Ipswich will be especially difficult given their dire injury situation.
CLARETS boss Steve Cotterill has warned against complacency following their win at Leeds United in midweek, writes Derek Davis.
The victory was their first in five Championship outings but Cotteril knows today's clash with Ipswich will be especially difficult given their dire injury situation.
Cotterill said: “We can't spend time basking in the glory of Wednesday night's win, because if we do we'll get a kick in the teeth on Saturday.
“It's on to the next one and, whilst it was a magnificent night against Leeds, we're hoping for many more magnificent nights this season.
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“We know it's going to be a tough game on Saturday and it's certainly going to be tough for us with the way we are at the moment.
“If we rise to the challenge like we did the other night, that will be terrific.”
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The Burnley boss has urged the team and fans to unite as one today at Turf Moor, with avoiding relegation in the forefront of his mind.
He said: “The lads have shown character all season, to be fair.
“We have had a couple of blips, but the only time we have really let ourselves down was the first 25 minutes at Queens Park Rangers. But it's good to be back home and we like playing here.
“The crowd are good and will need to be good on Saturday. However many come to the game, we need them to be like the 3,500 who went to Leeds the other night.
“It's points we need though, and the sooner we can get to 50 points, the sooner we can breath a sigh of relief.”
Burnley have fitness doubts over a couple of players with Ian Moore ruled out. John McGreal in particular is fighting to be fit to face his former club.
“We need him to be fit,” explained Cotterill.
“I think it was easier to say what didn't hurt him the other night. If he headed it, he hurt his shoulder, if he kicked with his right foot he had tweaked his knee and he had hurt his left ankle too.
“We don't know how he's going to be.”