We look forward to doing battle again

Last updated : 31 August 2012 By Tony Scholes

Poyet, who, as yet, hasn't seen the full ninety minutes of a game between the two sides said today: "In terms of the way we want to play we are much better than we were last season, that's including the game we lost and the game we drew at home.

"We are much more dangerous and the opposition have different decisions to make. That doesn't mean that we are going to win, but if we perform well we will do better than last year.

"It was a very strange game at Burnley last year and hopefully it will be a normal game this time. If we go and play our game we will have a very good chance.

"At home, it was even worse because of the two red cards. There were too many incidents and problems in both games and unfortunately it went against us. We know a lot about them and there will be no surprises."

Eddie Howe will be hoping to see Burnley back to winning ways in the league after losing two games on the road since the opening day victory against Bolton, and it is the Bolton game he's concentrated on in preparing for this one.

"One minute we are on a high after the Bolton game and everything is great, then, after two defeats, everything is bad," Howe said today. "The reality is we are on an even keel and we know where we are.

"This is an important game, like they all are, and we have to make sure we come out fighting.

"In terms of the league performances I haven't been too disappointed. We should really have got something from the Middlesbrough game and in the first half at Huddersfield I felt we should have got something as well.

"They are such small margins but we are looking to bounce back at home and carry on where we left off against Bolton. Obviously we have highlighted the positives against Bolton. I thought we were excellent, on the front foot, and we really did perform that day and we have to try and do that again and again at home and get the fans with us like they were.

"The fans really made the difference. There was huge support and a fantastic atmosphere. They were like an extra man for us and we ask them to try and recreate that as many times as we can.

"We had some good games against Brighton last season, some real battles, and we look forward to doing battle again and hopefully we can get a similar result."