Trippier concentrating on the job at hand - beating Blackpool

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Clarets defender Kieran Trippier feels the pressure is all on Derby as Burnley look to seal automatic promotion.

Burnley can earn a place in the Premier League on Friday night if they win at Blackpool (kick-off 5-15 p.m.), and Derby County fail to win at Doncaster Rovers a couple of hours later.

Sean Dyche’s men have an eight-point advantage with four games remaining, as they look to join Leicester City in the top flight next season.

And Trippier, back in the side on Saturday after sitting out five games with a hamstring problem, said: “I think Derby have to win all four games, but we aren’t going to wait to see whether they are going to win or are they going to lose.

“We just need to focus on ourselves and not worry about Leicester, Derby or QPR.

“If you keep worrying whether they are going to beat you or catch up with you, with some players it can affect their performance.

“But we have a good manager and good experienced pros who put in our minds to concentrate just on ourselves, which we have been doing all season.”

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough was something of a freak, having dominated the game, and the former Manchester City man insists the squad are relaxed as the finishing line approaches: “People might be saying there are nerves etc, but there is not one little bit of nerves in our camp.

“That loss is out of our minds now, and we just have to go into Blackpool with a clear mind and start and finish how we played on Saturday.

“We don’t worry about who’s in front of us or behind us. We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves.

“We know how far the gap is and we don’t want to worry about Derby winning etc.

“We just want to concentrate on our game and our performances and it will take care of itself.

“We want to win every game and Blackpool will be no different.

“We want to go there and get the three points and put the pressure on Derby who play after us.”

There has been a real focus and relaxed nature about the players all season, emanating from the manager, who refuses to get too high with the highs, and low with the lows.

But the dressing room also police things themselves, as Trippier explained: “A few of the players have been in these situations.

“I haven’t but you learn from people like Duffo (Michael Duff) and the other experienced players that you are careful what you say and you don’t get too carried away and take it game by game like the gaffer always says.

“It comes from the gaffer most of all because he has put it in our minds since pre-season, taking it game by game, but the experience pros like Duffo, Dean Marney and Shacks (Jason Shackell) have been in these situations before and all I can do is learn from them.

“My friends have banter about it but they keep me grounded, similar to here.

“But the most important person is the gaffer because he keeps us level headed and not to get carried away.

“It’s all come from him.

“He has drilled it into our minds to take it game by game.”

So the next game is Blackpool, and after wins at Bolton and Blackburn, a hat-trick of derby wins on the road would be just the ticket: “I enjoy every game but especially these ones like against Blackpool, Wigan, Bolton, Blackburn.

“They are massive games for not just the players but the fans and the club, and we are going to go there and give them a good game.

“If we go into the game at Blackpool how we finished last Saturday I don’t see why we can’t get three points.

“I think with Barnsley winning it has put a lot of pressure on them. They are fighting for a different reason, but we have to go there with a clear mind and to get the three points.”