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Blackburn's Pedersen cites Burnley derby bigger than meeting Man Utd

Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen is convinced this weekend's derby at home to Burnley is a bigger match for the club than facing Manchester United. Rovers have won five and drawn one of their last six encounters against their near-neighbours in a period dating back to 1982.

However, Burnley have enjoyed great success so far in their maiden Premier League season and are five points ahead of Rovers, although they have yet to win a point away from home.

"It is the biggest game for the club," said the Norway international, who admits he did not discover just how fierce the local rivalry was until he scored an 84th-minute winner in their last meeting - an FA Cup fifth round replay four years ago.

"It is bigger to play Burnley in a local derby than it is to play Manchester United if you look at history.

"You have to be prepared and I am looking forward to it."

Pedersen added on Rovers Player: "I didn't understand how big the game was until after that replay, which we won.

"When I scored the crowd went mental and it is probably the loudest I have ever heard Ewood."



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