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Saturday 20 September 2014

Allardyce calls for cool heads as Blackburn host Burnley

Sam Allardyce has warned his players to be aware of their responsibilities and keep the red mist at bay in the heat of tomorrow's Lancashire derby.

The events in last month's Manchester derby has focused the spotlight on player behaviour, and the passions at Ewood Park when Blackburn host Burnley are likely to be no less intense.

It is more than 45 years since these most bitter of rivals last met in the top flight and Allardyce will tell his players they need to exercise control both to win the match and avoid any disciplinary problems.

The Rovers boss also believes referee Chris Foy needs to play his part in maintaining calm.

Allardyce said: “It's a huge responsibility, not only for the players but the fans and the officials.

“I will be emphasising to my players not to over-react which can happen with the adrenaline rush which comes in this particular derby.

“Sometimes the red light comes on, the red mist comes down and I hope that's not going to be any of our players on Sunday.

“I'm not trying to put any extra more pressure on the officials — Chris Foy and his assistants are very experienced so they will understand what it's about. Chris will have handled derby matches before and will know what's going on and calming players down with the right word in their ear at the right time will be very important.”

The clubs' last meeting came in 2005 in the FA Cup fifth round, when Rovers triumphed in a replay, but Burnley won the last top-flight encounter back on New Year's Day, 1966.

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