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Caldwell urges Burnley teammates to ignore derby hype

Burnley captain Steven Caldwell is urging teammates not to get carried away with the euphoria of the occasion ahead of today's derby at Blackburn Rovers.

The Clarets make the short journey to Blackburn for a 1pm kick-off in what will be the first Barclays Premier League meeting between the two clubs, and the first in the top flight for over 40 years.

"I think everybody should just remember that the most important thing is three points," Caldwell said. "It is just a game, although a very important one. The three points are more important than any derby, any occasion and we have to go about picking them up.

"We have had four extremely difficult away fixtures where we have conceded sloppy goals at the wrong times but we know we can improve and we are very confident that we will win games away from home. Hopefully that will begin on Sunday."

Caldwell has been trying not to think about the fixture too much over the past week, knowing how important his role as captain will be on the day in keeping a cool head and leading the team by example.

"You have to try to put it out of your mind for a large part of the week because it's too early to get too keyed up," Caldwell said. "It's important that I'm calm and that everybody sees that. If I'm stressed out and hyper then the lads will probably sense that, so I'll be my usual self.

"I'll go out there and first and foremost play well, defend well myself, and then lead the lads into doing the right things. But I'm very lucky in that regard because I have a group of players who are experienced and help me along just as much as I help them, so we're very much a unit.

"It's about being up for it, winning the battle and then having the calmness to actually get the ball down and remember why we are there - to pass it about and score goals. Hopefully we can do that and I am very confident that we have the talent to cause Blackburn problems."



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