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Posted Fri 25 Jan 13

Burnley v Blues preview

Blues are back on their travels on Saturday with a tough away game against Burnley at Turf Moor (3.00pm kick-off).

The Clarets have made an impressive start to 2013 by recording three straight victories, without conceding a goal.

That nine-point haul has seen them move up the table into eighth and they are now just four points off a play-off place.

Blues have been struggling to pick up wins themselves, with their last victory coming against Barnsley on Boxing Day.

That form means they remain just five points ahead of Peterborough who are in the bottom three.

Lee Clark's team have generally performed much better in away games this season and the Blues boss is looking for them to build on that with a much-needed win.
"If you take out Bolton away, Watford away and the first half at Sheffield Wednesday, in terms of general performances away from home we’ve done well," said Clark. "We’ve scored goals and played high tempo but obviously we need to get a win sooner rather than later.

"But it will be difficult on Saturday against Burnley. In their last three games they’ve had three wins and no goals conceded. Individual players are playing with confidence, and the team as we saw just a month ago, have a lot of ability. 

"But I’m looking forward to the game and my players are as well. They’ve worked hard this week and there has been a good atmosphere and we go there looking to win."

This latest meeting between the two sides comes less than a month after the corresponding home fixture at St. Andrew's which ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to a late goal from Nikola Zigic.

"I think that game was start of looking into the future for the football club," added Clark. "We had seven teenagers in that side and they played very well. That was the start of a positive period for me in terms of what I’ve got to work with and how they can help me change things round in the future.

"In terms of Burnley we know everything we need to know about them because we played them so recently and they haven’t really changed their personnel since then."

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