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Pedersen primed for derby day

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Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen believes this weekend's derby at home to Burnley is a bigger match for the club than facing Manchester United.

Although the two east Lancashire rivals have played each other as recently as 2005 they have not met in the top flight of English football since 1965. 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 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."

Rovers midfielder Vince Grella could be a doubt for the match after he came off 20 minutes into Australia's friendly with Holland in Sydney with a thigh problem.

The 30-year-old has already been ruled out of the Socceroos' Asian Cup qualifier against Oman in Melbourne on Wednesday and that makes his participation against Burnley unlikely.

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