BURNLEY aren’t just playing for pride tomorrow – they are after a record.
The Clarets’ tally of ten away wins this term has been bettered only four times in their history – in 1992, 1973, 1961 and 1947, when they notched up 11 victories on their travels.
They missed out on equalling the record with a goalless draw at Leicester in midweek, which means tomorrow represents their final chance to deliver.
“That’s the aim – our away form’s been excellent this year,” said assistant boss Jason Tindall.
“With such a young group of players, there’s less expectation on their shoulders away from home.
“They can relax a little bit more and play with a little more freedom, without the added pressure of playing at home.
“Our away performances have been a lot more fluent and the players have been able to express themselves more.
“It’s a shame we’ve been inconsistent at home, but thankfully our away form’s been good and we’ve got a lot of points on the road. It would be nice to achieve the record.”
Burnley’s golden away season has included wins at West Ham, Brighton, Hull and Middlesbrough, which proves they are more than capable of beating the better sides in the division.
Eddie Howe’s men would probably have been challenging for a play-off place had they not gone on a miserable run of seven games without a victory in February and March. That was when it went wrong for them.
Tindall added: “We’re frustrated as a group because we’ve dropped a lot of points we shouldn’t have.
“But if you said to us, with the changes that have been made, are we pleased and are we going in the right direction? We would probably say, ‘Yes, we are’.
“We’ve used the fewest players in the Championship. We’ve got a very small squad, and to still be where we are is a great achievement.
“Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes this year, and gain from the experiences and push on next year.
“We want to improve every game and every year, and if we can finish the season on a positive note, that will go a long way to doing that.”
Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez are the main threats, with 16 and 15 goals apiece.
Austin will start tomorrow but Rodriguez is unlikely to figure because of a groin strain.
With Martin Paterson sidelined with a hamstring problem, 20-year-old Danny Ings could partner Austin up front.
Raw but full of potential, he has two goals in eight league starts this season.
Chris McCann was forced off at Leicester after taking a knock and faces a late fitness test. He is an ever-present this season and will be desperate to start.
Burnley (4-4-2): Grant; Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Lafferty; Wallace, Marney, Bartley, Stanislas; Ings (or McCann), Austin