Trippier fully focussed on the job in hand

Defender Kieran Trippier revealed the squad’s ambition is to make the Championship’s top two, but conceded that talk of promotion is too premature.

Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier

While Leicester City continue to take the division by storm, winning nine successive games to open up a 10 point gap at the top, the Clarets remain among a cluster of clubs in the hunt for second place.

But the 23-year-old refuses to get side-tracked by dreams of a Premier League return. “The ambition is to get in to the top two - the automatic places,” said Trippier. “There’s only three points between ourselves and QPR, but we don’t want to talk about promotion or play-offs just yet. There’s still a lot to do.

“It’ll be an interesting chase. QPR are just ahead, and Derby, Nottingham Forest and Reading are just behind. It’ll be a difficult run-in over the next 18 games.”

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He added: “People can talk about it, but we’re just going to take things game by game like we have all season. The Millwall game is no different. Every game at this level is tough and we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s still a long way to go.”

The Clarets will contend a post-war record against Millwall tomorrow, with the chance of stretching their unbeaten league run at Turf Moor to 19 games. Only the Clarets and Chelsea bost an unblemished record on home soil this term.

“It’ll be nice to break a record,” Trippier said. “We’ve got a good team and we’d be delighted to set a record at Turf Moor. Teams don’t like coming here and hopefully we can beat Millwall and break that record.

“Millwall will be another difficult game. We’ve got a good record at our place so we’re hopeful of getting three points. We’ve got a great team spirit, work ethic and togetherness, and quality in every part of the pitch, so teams know we pose a threat in this division.”