We want to get back into the play off picture

Last updated : 11 January 2008 By Tony Scholes
Paul Sturrock is back in charge at Home Park following the departure of Ian Holloway, and he's admitted it could be a difficult game for his team. "After watching Burnley the other day against Arsenal, if they perform to that standard, they are going to be a real handful. I thought they played very well," he said.

"You just don't now how it is going to transpire. You don't know how that game against Arsenal is going to affect them. It was a Sunday game, so they have had one day less rest. The pitch will be a feature because there has been a lot of rain around the area and it looked the kind of pitch where it could be a problem.

"I'm sure Burnley will be fired up as they have got to get back in with everybody else because they have had a disappointing run in the league lately. We are very hopeful that, with the way we played in the cup against Hull when the boys showed great determination, and our form away from home, we have got to get back on the rails."

Incredibly Owen Coyle is still awaiting his first home win as Burnley manager and believes now is the time to put that right. "We had a fantastic home record at St. Johnstone and I think we only lost three home games in two and a half years there," he said. "But now it is important that we create a record like that at Turf Moor and then we can go from there.

"The supporters were magnificent again against Arsenal on Sunday and we want to start rewarding them with some home wins. I can always see the light at the end of the tunnel and the only game that has disappointed me was the Blackpool one, but I know what the bigger picture is for this club.

"I feel that all our home performances have been very creditable and those results are now in the past, we can't do anything about it, so we don't dwell on it.

"This is a big, big game and one we are looking forward to. It's an opportunity to start closing the gap on the top six. Plymouth are a good side and they are currently above us in the table so it is important we use Saturday's game to eat into their lead over us.

"We want to get back into the play off picture and we have got an important period of games coming up. Two of our next three games are at home and we need to capitalise on that.