Dobson: Burnley can end Portman Road hoodoo
CLARETS legend Martin Dobson has backed Burnley to break their Portman Road hoodoo this weekend, and stay top of the Championship.
Dobson was in the last side to earn an away win at Ipswich almost 44 years ago. Indeed, it was the only time Burnley have returned from Suffolk with maximum points.
But with the Clarets riding high in the Championship before the international break, the Second Division title-winning captain of 1973 is confident they can pick up where they left off and rip up the history books in the process.
“I don’t read too much into these runs and I’m sure Burnley won’t,” said Dobson.
“I’m sure they’ll go there with no fear at all.
“Their away performances and results have been fantastic so there’s no reason why they can’t go there with confidence.
“The last Burnley game I saw was against Nottingham Forest which, albeit in the cup, was similar in many ways to a Championship game.
“They both fielded strong sides and Burnley came through that well.
“They will be itching to play again after the international break and there will be a freshness about the place.
“Football’s a different game completely when you’re winning every week.
“You look forward to every training session and every game.
“And there is the added incentive to stay top of course.”
Burnley are leading the way after 11 games through a four-goal advantage over QPR, who they face at Turf Moor a week on Saturday.
Dobson, who ironically played his last game for the Clarets at Ipswich in 1974, says Burnley will be mindful of the perils of leading the pack.
“You are there to be shot at,” he said.
“The mental reaction by the opposition will be different than it was at the start of the season.
“Every team in that division will be thinking Burnley are a good side.
“They will know their strengths and think if they don’t play well against them they will be turned over.”
Recalling Burnley’s only Portman Road win to date, settled by Frank Casper, Dobson said: “We played them off the park and it could have been more than 1-0.
“They were a good footballing side, but we used to like playing at Portman Road because it was a good pitch.”
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