Cotterill ready for anything

ALTHOUGH fully aware of Ipswich Town's failure to win away since last March, Burnley boss Steve Cotterill is not taking anything for granted.Cotterill has prepared a dossier for his players on the Blues but knows that the first thing Town will do is keep possession.

By Derek Davis

ALTHOUGH fully aware of Ipswich Town's failure to win away since last March, Burnley boss Steve Cotterill is not taking anything for granted.

Cotterill has prepared a dossier for his players on the Blues but knows that the first thing Town will do is keep possession.

He said: “We've got a game tonight against a good Ipswich team that, certainly away from home, will try to have as much of the ball as what we have.

“They've obviously not done so well on their travels - they could end up coming here and playing a different formation.

“They're all difficult games. There are no easy games. We've just got to make sure we start the game brighter than we did on Saturday, and if we do that and we go and get our noses in front we know how difficult it is to come back into the game.

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“We're more worried about how we play. We've been more focused on that. Yes, we've obviously looked at Ipswich and there won't be anything that turns up fresh that we haven't already gone through, because I don't believe in not giving them enough information.”

Burnley will be without Northern Ireland international defender Michael Duff, who has damaged ligaments, while last season's goal hero Chris McCann is likely to be out with a hamstring injury.

Clarke Carlisle played on Saturday despite being involved in a car crash the day before when his car was written off, so was forgiven his shaky performance and is expected to be better tonight.

Robbie Blake performed better after becoming a father earlier in the week and his manager believes he will be finding the net again soon.

Town will be facing two former players with Alan Mahon tucked into the centre of midfield, while David Unsworth could take advantage of the Clarets' player shortage and get a game.

Even with a depleted side Blues boss Jim Magilton believes Burnley will present a difficult challenge in their bid to find form and belief away from home.

He said: “Burnley will be tough with a good work ethic but we will get opportunities and we have to take them.

“If we don't win then we know the pressure will mount but we also know that Steve Cotterill didn't get a result for 21 games last season yet turned it around.

“We know we are not far away so we need to dig in and take responsibility at all times. We need to score when we are on top because when it visibly lifts our side. And then we have to not go to sleep.

“We have not scored during our best patches away and not been rewarded for the good work.

“For 20 minutes at Hull we were very good and cut them to shreds but then we presented them gifts. Yet, we have not been presented a gift all season.

“The one goal we have scored away was a well-worked goal and it has been the same with our home goals.”

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