We have to have a clear focus on delivering a performance
Darren Ferguson will bring his Peterborough team to Turf Moor tomorrow for the FA Cup in what will be his first game at Burnley since the second of his three spells as Peterborough boss in 2012 when we beat them 5-2.
Bringing his side for the cup, he said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for the lads to go and express themselves at a Premiership team. It’s obviously going to be a very tough game but my message to the players is look, you might never get this opportunity again so we’re going to go there and have a go, hopefully enjoy it and try and get through.
“That’s the main thing I’m going to be getting over to the players because I’ve played against Premiership teams before when, at the end of the game, you think we didn’t really hurt them, we got beat and it’s a bit of a waste of a day so I’d rather go there and have a bit of a go. If we got knocked out we got knocked out having a go at them. That’s very much at the front of my mind and that’s very much the message I’ll be giving to the players. I think it’s a good time to be getting a break from the league. We’ve had a really bad Christmas.”
He will come up against Sean Dyche and he had praise for the Clarets’ boss: “He’s done better than anyone and right up there with the ones who have been winning the leagues, Guardiola and people like that,” Ferguson said.
“He has to be. The job he’s done at a club like Burnley, to sustain it over such a long time, the longevity of it is the most impressive thing and he’s done a fantastic job. Very nice man. I’ve got on with him very well and have a lot of respect for him and his staff so I look forward to seeing him.
“His team won’t change, their attitude and their mentality, he’ll have them at it. There’s no chance they will underestimate us. They’ll be treating this like any other game. Obviously you would have thought me might utilise his squad but in terms of the job he’s done I have the utmost respect for him.
“We got into it, unfortunately, both teams on the back of three defeats so, of course, the next game is always the most important one in terms of getting a bit of confidence and getting going again. That’s how we are looking at it and I’m sure that’s how they will look at it,. but it is going to be tough regardless and we have to go and make sure we play the way we want to play.”
We know he will tinker with the side but ahead of tomorrow’s game he said: “There will be changes but it’s a strong team. It’s a team that can certainly take care of themselves, but, as we’ve seen before, you have to turn up. The big thing for me in these competitions is the mental side of it. If you approach it in the wrong way you will get beat.
“You can’t take football for granted. I have a lot of respect for Darren (Ferguson) who I know personally. I think over the years at varying clubs, but particularly at Peterborough, he has done great job. His team will be up for it. They’ve had a sticky patch themselves, but they will look at it as a free one.
“We have to look at it as a game where we go and deliver. We have to have a clear focus on delivering a performance and if we do that then we will look after ourselves. We want to keep all the main first team squad sharp, but the main thing behind that is to win the game.
“We want to win the game and I’ve made that absolutely clear to the players. Our preparation is as good a prep as we’d have for anyone; the detail in it, the observation of the opposition and us delivering a performance has been as deep as it would be for anyone. Therefore, we want to make sure we win the game.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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