Saturday, 14 September 2013

Burnley's David Jones Explains Rovers Snub

Burnley's David Jones reckons he does not deserve the flak he will cop from Blackburn fans today.

The midfielder spent time on loan at Rovers last ­season and was part of the side that grabbed a ­last-gasp draw with Burnley at Ewood Park in March.

But now Blackburn fans will treat the midfielder like a traitor for deciding to join the Clarets after Wigan ­released him in the ­summer – rather than ­return to Rovers.

But Jones said: “There was never a deal on the ­table.”

Ironically, Jones was on the cover of the Rovers programme for that 1-1 derby draw last term.

And he is grateful for having already sampled the fierce atmosphere of a game between the two ­Lancashire sides.

“It is a big ­occasion,” he said. “This will be my first derby at Turf Moor, though, and I’ve already heard about it from fans – it was brought up as soon as I signed.

“Whatever team the ­manager puts out, we will all be up for it.

“We will also try our best to keep the emotion out of it and keep our heads.

“It is hard not to be ­distracted by the size of the game but we have to ­focus on what we ­normally do.”

Burnley could go top if they win and Jones said: “This game is difficult to play down.

“We know how much it means. We’ll be making sure we work for that ­result.”

Burnley will hand Michael Kightly his debut after he signed from Stoke on a season-long loan.

And Jones is aware of his ­talents having played alongside him at Wolves.

He said: “He has good technical ability but also a good work ethic that we need here at Burnley.”

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