Burnley defender up for derby banter
4:34pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
KIERAN Trippier insists he is braced for whatever barracking or banter is thrown at him against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.
“I love a derby. I love winding the fans up. I can't wait for it,” said the feisty full-back.
“The fans just love it. I love it when they’re screaming at you and shouting at you.
“I just laugh and have banter with them.
“When they’re screaming stuff at you, you just smile. They won’t like it.
“But it’s all about football.
“The fans love it and we deal with whatever they throw at us.”
Former Manchester City youngster Trippier is used to taunts, having grown up amid fierce rivalry.
“I’ve experienced United and City. I’m City, my dad’s a red,” he said.
“We’ve scrapped about 10 times!”
In his third season at Turf Moor, Trippier knows this is the big one for Burnley.
And after warming up for the clash with a key cup goal against fellow rivals Preston North End he is determined to play a key role for the Clarets tomorrow and put decades of derby disappointment to bed.
“We need to put an end to this 34-year run this year. I hope we do it this year,” said the 22-year-old, who goaded Blackburn fans with a ‘chicken dance’ in last season’s derby.
“I don’t think I’ll be welcomed back nicely at Ewood but I’m not bothered as long as we beat them!”
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