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'We'll be ready' - Daws

Posted on 25 September 2009  - 12:00

Michael Dawson knows all too well the threat Burnley will pose to us when they visit the Lane in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

'We'll be ready' - Daws

Michael Dawson knows all too well the threat Burnley will pose to us when they visit the Lane in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The defender, who made his return from injury at Preston during the week, played both legs of last season's Carling Cup semi-final against the Clarets, when the then Championship side so nearly denied us a place at Wembley.

Owen Coyle's men were dominant in the first half of the first leg at White Hart Lane, taking a 1-0 lead into half-time.

But an amazing turnaround, started off by a rare Dawson goal just after the break, left us with a 4-1 aggregate lead going into the second leg at Turf Moor a fortnight later.

Who could have predicted what would happen that night as Burnley astonishingly pulled back the three goals required to take the tie into extra-time.

Fortunately, goals from Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko made sure the Lancashire outfit did not fully complete their comeback as we reached the Final.

But those two games, as well as the three Premier League wins Burnley have picked up already this season, tell ‘Daws' all he needs to know for Saturday.

"Burnley have gotten off to a great start and their home wins have been tremendous for them. And as we all know, they were tough opposition for us in the Carling Cup last season.

"They would certainly say they were the better team over the two legs, but perhaps just had a bad half an hour that cost them and we stood strong in the end.

"We got through that tie and we'll certainly know what to expect and be ready for them at the weekend, when we'll hopefully get another win."

If Michael plays, it will be his first Premier League appearances since March, when he picked up an ankle injury against Newcastle that kept him out for the rest of that campaign.

And two games into pre-season, he was back on the treatment table, this time with an Achilles problem.

It's no wonder the fans' favourite is delighted to be fit again after playing all but the last 10 minutes at Deepdale on Wednesday night.

"It's been a hard time spent in the treatment room, but it's part of football and I'm just pleased to be back having got 80 minutes under my belt.

"You just have to take it on the chin, work hard in the gym and keep everything else strong before you're ready to start playing again.

"I'm not saying that I'm a person who deals with injuries particularly well because they're a nightmare, but getting back out on the pitch again makes up for it.

He continued: "Whenever I've been to watch a game at the Lane during my time out, I've been itching to play because it's a great place and the fans always get behind you.

"Let's hope we send them home happy on Saturday."