Keane’s so keen to shut out Seag­ulls

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Adam Di­a­mond

EN­SUR­ING goal­keeper Tom Heaton is kept quiet will be the key to in­flict­ing a first de­feat of the sea­son on Brighton, says Burn­ley cen­tre-back Michael Keane.

The Seag­ulls are the only un­beaten team left in the Foot­ball League and ar­rive at Turf Moor this af­ter­noon two points ahead of their hosts.

But Burn­ley have dropped just five points at home all sea­son and Keane be­lieves a strong de­fen­sive per­for­mance will see his team pre­vail.

“At home, with the fans be­hind us, I feel like we’ll score goals. So it’s on us to de­fend well, which we have been do­ing re­cently,” said the 22-year-old, who took ad­van­tage of the in­ter­na­tional break to get some sun in Dubai.

“The whole team has worked really hard to make sure Tom hasn’t had a lot to do and I think we’ve been un­lucky not to have more clean sheets.

“A few teams have scored worldies against us, which you can’t do much about, but we’ve just got to keep go­ing.

“It’s a mas­sive game. They have done really well but we’ll go above them if we beat them, so we’ll be do­ing ev­ery­thing to make sure we are ready to win.”

Burn­ley are set to wel­come striker Sam Vokes back into the fold, af­ter he was in­jured on in­ter­na­tional duty, while Ben Mee has been passed fit.

Gor­don Greer is set to re­turn for Brighton, but Kazenga LuaLua, Gae­tan Bong and Sam Bal­dock are all side­lined.

Trio Tomer Hemed, Beram Kayal and Dale Stephens were all in Paris last week­end when the ter­ror­ist at­tacks that killed 129 peo­ple occurred, as was Burn­ley’s Ge­orge Boyd.

And Brighton de­fender Liam Rose­nior ad­mits it was a re­lief to know they all re­turned home safely.

“Ge­orge, who’s one of my best friends, was there with his fam­ily in Paris as well and it was such a tragedy what hap­pened,” said Rose­nior.

“As soon as we found out we were all mes­sag­ing the lads here to make sure that they were safe and thank­fully they were, as well as Ge­orge.”

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