Champagne stays on ice if Clarets go up as Trippier targets title

Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

KIERAN Trippier says the champagne will stay on ice even if Burnley secure promotion tomorrow, because the title would be their next target.

The right back insists there have not been discussions about how they might celebrate if they beat Blackpool and Derby fail to beat Doncaster in the later kick-off, even though that outcome would guarantee the Clarets a place in the Premier League with three games to spare.

Trippier knows manager Sean Dyche will want them to stay focused until the end of the last game of the season.

“Even if it did happen (tomorrow) there’s no way,” said the defender when asked if they would be allowed to celebrate should promotion be secured before the Easter Monday visit of Wigan. “The manager will want to win every game, and so will we.

“I can’t imagine him letting us go and celebrate, not until the final whistle of the last game of the season. “He would celebrate with us, but not with alcohol or anything.

“We would want to become champions if Leicester slip up.”

A win over struggling Blackpool in tomorrow’s tea-time televised kick-off would increase their cushion in second place to 11 points before Derby try to play catch-up in the evening game at Doncaster.

If the Rams win to reduce the gap back to eight, with nine points to play for, then the promotion push would roll on to Easter Monday.

However, should Derby drop points, it would be enough for promotion.

But Dyche admitted they have not even discussed what they would do in the event of promotion tomorrow.

“To be honest we haven’t really over-thought it. The main thing for us is the game on Friday. Anything after that takes care of itself.

“Whatever happens there’s another game on Monday. We’re really just focused on that and the rest of it will take care of itself,” said Dyche.

Although the games fall close together, there would be nothing to stop the Clarets toasting their success. Alcohol is permitted a minimum of two days before the next game.

“I think it’s two days contractually, but I’m certainly not thinking that deeply about that,” Dyche continued.

“I’m thinking deeply about getting a result on Friday and going there to win, but I’m not really over-thinking anything else.”

The players do intend to watch the Doncaster-Derby game on the way back from Bloomfield Road.

“Of course we’ll be watching it, we’ll be hoping Doncaster can do us a favour,” said Trippier.

“But even if Derby win it’s not going to bother us really, we’ll just go into Monday – another game – and look to get the three points.”

Burnley go into tomorrow’s game with everyone bar long-term injury victim Sam Vokes available.

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9:45am Thu 17 Apr 14

MikeMada says...

Super-professional, that's Sean Dyche's Super-Clarets.

COYC!
Super-professional, that's Sean Dyche's Super-Clarets. COYC! MikeMada
  • Score: 22

10:10am Thu 17 Apr 14

Claretcert says...

Compare this to the Leicester players' online antics and woefully under par performance against Brighton days later and tell me which club has the more professional approach and the manager and players 100% focussed? We need to beat Blackpool, Wigan, Ipswich then Reading. Not to go up but because that is what our club is all about. These guys are awesome. A standing ovation after a home defeat shows them that we - the fans - get it. Best side to wear our shirts in decades. This club is a shining light for every fan in England. They're simply unstoppable, if they go down they get up and go again. Relentless as the big man says.
Compare this to the Leicester players' online antics and woefully under par performance against Brighton days later and tell me which club has the more professional approach and the manager and players 100% focussed? We need to beat Blackpool, Wigan, Ipswich then Reading. Not to go up but because that is what our club is all about. These guys are awesome. A standing ovation after a home defeat shows them that we - the fans - get it. Best side to wear our shirts in decades. This club is a shining light for every fan in England. They're simply unstoppable, if they go down they get up and go again. Relentless as the big man says. Claretcert
  • Score: 20

10:31am Thu 17 Apr 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Get promotion first - don't worry about anything else.

A scrappy 1-0 win with an own goal would suit me tomorrow/
Get promotion first - don't worry about anything else. A scrappy 1-0 win with an own goal would suit me tomorrow/ ReluctantNicko
  • Score: 16

10:33am Thu 17 Apr 14

garry_stockton says...

Last week only one thing stopped us taking all three points, and he wasnt dressed in M/Boro kit.................
. no not even the Goalkeeper who had a great day, but he made many mistakes by palming the ball back into play inside the box.................
the display by the OFFICIALS who turned a blind eye to the tactics used by M/Boro defenders. All around me at Turf last Sat knew that the end result would be that he would do something about it in the dying minutes and he did.....absolutely pathetic. My guess is that the Ref has never kicked a ball in a competitive match and wouldnt know what all the fuss is about. Onwards and upwards Clarets, fight the foes and grab the rewards your play deserves this season. Tripp you are a star.
(Along with all the others!!)
Last week only one thing stopped us taking all three points, and he wasnt dressed in M/Boro kit................. . no not even the Goalkeeper who had a great day, but he made many mistakes by palming the ball back into play inside the box................. the display by the OFFICIALS who turned a blind eye to the tactics used by M/Boro defenders. All around me at Turf last Sat knew that the end result would be that he would do something about it in the dying minutes and he did.....absolutely pathetic. My guess is that the Ref has never kicked a ball in a competitive match and wouldnt know what all the fuss is about. Onwards and upwards Clarets, fight the foes and grab the rewards your play deserves this season. Tripp you are a star. (Along with all the others!!) garry_stockton
  • Score: 10

10:44am Thu 17 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

What a wonderful season. 5 points guarantees Premiership football. What a prize to be offered on such amazing terms - "go play five games lads, win two and you are premier league"

And here's a bit of back-up fun too - Derby win three from four and draw one, we still go up with just win one from four!

Awesome.

Keep the faith. Effort levels, concentration and relentlessness applied.

We are Premier league.
What a wonderful season. 5 points guarantees Premiership football. What a prize to be offered on such amazing terms - "go play five games lads, win two and you are premier league" And here's a bit of back-up fun too - Derby win three from four and draw one, we still go up with just win one from four! Awesome. Keep the faith. Effort levels, concentration and relentlessness applied. We are Premier league. RobH2O
  • Score: 12

1:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Get promotion first - don't worry about anything else.

A scrappy 1-0 win with an own goal would suit me tomorrow/
Exactly
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Get promotion first - don't worry about anything else. A scrappy 1-0 win with an own goal would suit me tomorrow/[/p][/quote]Exactly Burnley59/60
  • Score: 5

6:37pm Thu 17 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

watch out for the kiss of death ,,looks like trippier has already put his foot in it,,COYB,,we aim to spoil the party,,first we will need to sweep Yeovil aside and then who knows what lies ahead,,If Burnley go up which is pretty much nailed on ,,its because you have earned it with such a small squad no- one can deny that,,it would be nice if the Rovers could slip in to the play off,s and next season we could really make it interesting for both sets of supporters,,
watch out for the kiss of death ,,looks like trippier has already put his foot in it,,COYB,,we aim to spoil the party,,first we will need to sweep Yeovil aside and then who knows what lies ahead,,If Burnley go up which is pretty much nailed on ,,its because you have earned it with such a small squad no- one can deny that,,it would be nice if the Rovers could slip in to the play off,s and next season we could really make it interesting for both sets of supporters,, noddy57
  • Score: -3

9:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

garry_stockton says...

Noddy 57.... keep dreaming its all thats left...........
Come on the Clarets lets show Blackpool what illuminations really means.,
I look forward to a real day on Monday against the Pie eaters
Noddy 57.... keep dreaming its all thats left........... Come on the Clarets lets show Blackpool what illuminations really means., I look forward to a real day on Monday against the Pie eaters garry_stockton
  • Score: 1

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