Burnley Vs Blackburn Rovers, Sun 28 Mar 2010

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Burnley have no fresh injuries as they prepare for the crunch derby against Blackburn.

Defenders Clarke Carlisle and Danny Fox are back in contention after missing last week's defeat at Wigan through injury.

Steven Caldwell (groin) and Chris McCann (knee) are still unavailable as the relegation-threatened Clarets seek only their second win under new manager Brian Laws.

Goalkeeper Brian Jensen has told Burnley's "boo boys" to stay away as the battle to avoid relegation intensifies.

The Clarets have just seven games remaining to save their Barclays Premier League status, starting with Sunday's derby match.

Passions and security are high as the clubs meet in the top flight at Turf Moor for the first time since the 1965-66 season.

That should make for a fevered atmosphere and Jensen wants it to stay that way until the end of the campaign.

Some fans have voiced their disgruntlement with the club's situation under new manager Brian Laws in recent weeks and the Danish keeper believes there is no time for that.

The 34-year-old said: "Those boo boys, you hear them once in a while, (should) stay away.

"Even though they don't like what they see, have they actually realised we are in the Premier League and what we have achieved so far?

"I know they are passionate and they want to stay, but we want to stay as much as they do. We can use them for nothing whatsoever.

"If you are coming here to cause trouble for whatever reason, stay at home.

"For everybody else who is standing behind us, we need them all the way through to the end of the season."

Laws has spoken of how victory in such a big game could spur his team on in their survival fight.

Conversely, fans might fear the negative impact of a defeat but Jensen points out there are still more games to come afterwards, three of them at home.

The former West Brom player added: "Everybody is building it up but I am trying to keep it down on the ground and just be realistic.

"Yes, it is a big game, don't get me wrong. It is not a lack of passion but I am trying to keep it down.

"It is a big local derby but, at the end of the day, we need those three points and we need to treat it like any other game.

"It doesn't matter who we are playing against, three points are three points.

"There is a long way to go. Everyone has written us off but we know there are 21 points to play for and we are going to do our best to get as many as possible.

"We want to stay in this league regardless of what people are saying. That has been the same all the way through.

"It is our passion and we want to do our best to get all the points we need to stay up."

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has four players back in contention.

Captain Ryan Nelsen, Gael Givet, Lars Jacobsen, and Vince Grella are all available again after shaking off their recent injury woes.

Allardyce, though, is still without goalkeeper Paul Robinson with a calf injury, while January signing Yildiray Basturk - who has yet to figure since his arrival - is out with a hamstring problem.

David Dunn is looking for Blackburn to thump bitter rivals Burnley 10-0, but ultimately hopes the Clarets avoid the drop.

Midfielder Dunn was born in Blackburn so knows all about the bad blood which exists between the two clubs, who meet for only the sixth time in 27 years in a noon showdown at Turf Moor.

Burnley's last win against a local enemy they first played in 1888 came in 1979, so Dunn appreciates how important the three points are to Clarets fans, a number of whom he can count as close friends.

It is why he is looking for Rovers to humiliate Burnley, but then for boss Brian Laws' side to avoid an immediate return to the Coca-Cola Championship.

"I know it's a little bit of a fairytale, but I hope we pump them 10-0," Dunn said.

"But then I genuinely also hope they go on a little run and get the points needed to stay up and we're all looking out for our fixtures again for next season.

"A derby game is good, not just for the players and staff, but more importantly for the supporters.

"It's great for banter at work, although I hope it's our fans on Monday morning who are going in laughing rather than crying."

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