Ternent out for revenge
IN his usual no-nonsense way Stan Ternent has told his players the only way to get the monkey off their backs is to slay it, writes Derek Davis.Burnley are still rattled by the 6-1 hammering dished out to them at Portman Road, with five of the goals coming before half-time, and want revenge.
IN his usual no-nonsense way Stan Ternent has told his players the only way to get the monkey off their backs is to slay it, writes Derek Davis.
Burnley are still rattled by the 6-1 hammering dished out to them at Portman Road, with five of the goals coming before half-time, and want revenge.
The Clarets are a lot stronger than they were that night when injury, illness and suspension ravaged the squad.
They are also smarting at going out of the FA Cup to Millwall last week and so want to get back to the sort of form which has seen them unbeaten in all their league games in 2004.
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Ternent said: "We have a big match against Ipswich, who need points to maintain their promotion challenge. So I know I will get a good response from the players.
"Joe has got a good squad of players and it promises to be a smashing game. I don't want to hark back to what happened earlier this season, because we were a bit depleted on the night. But you can't take anything away from Ipswich – they played very well and five of the goals were in the first half.
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"Ipswich are doing very well, but we are capable of beating Ipswich.
"We are capable of beating anyone because we are a good side as well, so I don't have any hang-ups about it."
Burnley have had something of a mini-revival and Ternent is keen for them to continue the upward trend.
Their FA Cup run and a huge fans' money-making initiative has seen the club move out of immediate financial danger and Ternent hopes that will carry over to the pitch.
He said: "We have a third of the season still to play and 16 games gives us 48 points to play for. I know we will be fine, but we just need to maintain our level of performances and convert a few chances and we will be fine."
Burnley moved on French defender Arthur Gnohere to QPR on Thursday but otherwise have a full strength squad to choose from.
Strike partnership Robbie Blake and Ian Moore have not found the net in three games but their partnership has harvested 28 goals between them so far this season and they will be looking to add to that tally today.