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Berg's Burnley memories

30 November 2012

The Rovers boss recalls his first derby encounter.

Boss Henning Berg is no stranger to Rovers v Burnley derby matches, as a player he was involved in the two in the 2000/01 successful promotion campaign.

When Rovers travelled to Turf Moor in December 2000 the then defender didn't know too much about the rivalry between the two clubs but after the game he was left in no doubt following the 2-0 win.

"I've been involved with them as a player and the first time I played in a Burnley-Blackburn game I didn't know too much about it even though I had been at this club for a long time," admitted the Norwegian.

"We hadn't played each other, so that was the first time in 17 years that we played them and the atmosphere and the intensity was fantastic.

"We got into the ground, it was an hour before kick-off and it was a full house, everybody was jumping up and down and making themselves heard.

"You don't have that too often an hour before the game but you did in that game.

"Of course when you start playing you concentrate on the game, but when you score goals you can hear them and after the game of course you can hear them."

Now as Berg charge of his first East Lancashire derby as Rovers boss, he knows of the importance of making sure the players are prepared properly.

"To win these games is a fantastic feeling, we just have to make sure that we do our football things right, if we do things right on the pitch we'll have a good chance.

"The players will have played in games like this before but it is all about the preparation and the mental attitude going into the game.

"As soon as the game starts it is what you do on the pitch that will decide how the games is going to go. That is more like a normal football game.

"As soon as the referee blows the whistle it is a normal game, but what happens before and what happens afterwards is what makes it different.

"I think it is something that the players should cherish.

"They should be happy that people are so involved and they feel so much about the club, we would much rather have it that way than no-one being interested in what we are doing."

Rovers have sold out their ticket allocation for this game, whilst the beam-back at Ewood Park has also sold out.

Rovers Player will bring you full uninterrupted commentary of the game online.

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