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Form has no bearing

4 March 2016

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Paul Lambert knows that form goes out of the window when derby day comes around.

However Saturday's match at Turf Moor sees the two sides go head-to-head off the back of impressive recent results.

Rovers have picked up nine points from a possible twelve, whilst Burnley have won eight of their last eleven outings since the turn of the year.

"It is a derby game, it doesn't matter if you at the top of the league, the middle of the league or at the bottom, form definitely goes out of the window, it is who can keep their head," said the Rovers boss.

"You have to keep eleven lads on the pitch and play with your head really.

"You don't play the occasion, you play the game. If you play the occasion then it can become pretty difficult. So it is just about keeping your head.

"I know it is an old cliche, but it is three points. We are playing really well at this minute. We'll go there and we'll definitely try to win.

"It is their home game but I know that we are playing really well at the moment and I know that we can hurt them.

"They'll know that it is a hard game for them, there is no way they are going to turn up thinking that because of where we are in the league it is going to be an easy game.

"Whether you are at the top of the table or at the bottom, in a derby game form goes out of the window. It is just who keeps their nerve on that day."

Not fortunate to get a ticket for this weekend's match against Burnley? Then why not do the next best thing and watch the big match in Blues Bar!

Blues will be open from 9.30am on Saturday serving teas, coffee, soft drinks and food, with alcohol being served from 10.00am.

Enjoy a bite to eat with breakfast butties, burgers, chilli and chips all available.

An hour before kick-off until the first goal is scored or the final whistle blows it is £2.00 for a pint of Fosters or John Smiths, and £2.50 for a pint of Kronenbourg or Strongbow.

So come on down to Blues and enjoy the big match atmosphere!

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