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Alexander confident Burnley players won't be overawed

Burnley veteran defender Graham Alexander is confident they won't be overawed in next season's Premiership.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I think a few teams go up and don't believe enough.

"But I know from my time with Scotland that you don't put other players on a pedestal.

"The France games especially taught me that and I know the gaffer is a great believer in that too.

"Going back to the Chelsea game in the Carling Cup, they got beaten at home for the first time in 86 games the week before we played them by Liverpool.

"The gaffer was saying, 'See, it can be done.' We were sitting there thinking, 'But it was Liverpool!'' "He was telling us we could do it if we kept believing. So we went out there thinking we were equals with Chelsea and won.

"It was a great feeling and that was the game I'd say made everyone properly believe we could get a result against anyone.

"He is a fair gaffer. He will have a go at you if he thinks your work rate or effort isn't great. But if you make a mistake by getting on the ball, passing and playing football then he won't.

"I liked the fact he never used the cup ties as a reason to say the players were feeling tired if we lost a game."

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