Keane’s so keen to shut out Seagulls
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.”