AFC Bournemouth: Cherries winger Marc Pugh out to bash boyhood rivals Blackburn Rovers

LANCASHIRE HOTPOT: AFC Bournemouth's Marc Pugh

LANCASHIRE HOTPOT: AFC Bournemouth's Marc Pugh

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BURNLEY boy Marc Pugh admits nothing stimulates the senses like a trip to arch-rivals Blackburn Rovers before vowing to pull out all the stops against his old adversaries.

The 27-year-old, a childhood supporter of the Clarets who came through the club's youth system, goes behind enemy lines when Cherries travel to Ewood Park tomorrow (3pm).

Pugh, a ball boy at Turf Moor during his time in the centre of excellence, drew inspiration from the crackling atmosphere evoked by Burnley's Lancashire derbies with Rovers throughout his fledgling career.

But while Blackburn's role as fierce foes remains indelibly etched on Pugh's mind, the Cherries winger insists playing on one of the Championship's biggest stages will provide the ultimate motivation.

Pugh told the Daily Echo: “As a youth-team player I had to go to all of Burnley's home games and they were in the same league as Blackburn at the time. Those der¬bies gave me a taste for the atmosphere of big matches and made me all the more deter¬mined to do well.

“It gave me that extra incentive to reach the top. You imagine yourself being the best player on the pitch, scoring goals and mak¬ing the crowd go wild and that's kind of glory you dream about as a youngster.

“I went to Ewood Park quite a few times with my school as well. It was always fit to grace the Premier League and no matter who you are, playing at a big ground like that should inspire you to put on a good show.”

Pugh, who was a second-half substitute in Cherries' 1-0 win at Blackburn in March, continued: “A lot of my old school friends are Blackburn fans and they will be there as well as a load of friends and family who support Burnley.

“I have had plenty of texts telling me to put one over on them and it would be lovely to go there and win again but from a professional point of view I need to approach it like any other game.

“The most important thing is the three points for the team because that's the only way you can enjoy the game.”

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9:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Enough of the rhetoric. All of the players need to do their talking on the pitch tomorrow. We got ****ed in the a** Tuesday night by a combination of poor defending and clinical finishing. That CANNOT happen again vs Blackburn or the early season hope will evaporate and mid table mediocrity will ensue.
Enough of the rhetoric. All of the players need to do their talking on the pitch tomorrow. We got ****ed in the a** Tuesday night by a combination of poor defending and clinical finishing. That CANNOT happen again vs Blackburn or the early season hope will evaporate and mid table mediocrity will ensue. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 5

10:30pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

Agreed Minty Fresh and all that ignores the current distraction of Hull courting JR and its implications for Rovers
Agreed Minty Fresh and all that ignores the current distraction of Hull courting JR and its implications for Rovers dinglecrusher
  • Score: 4

12:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

dekayedcherry says...

Pugh needs to do the business on the park on Saturday, not talking about it in the Echo. Articles like this only give ammunition to the Blackburn side. Remember last season how comments in the NF press fired up our boys by Eddie pinning the article up in the changing room. We "thumped" them 4-1, so leave your performance lads on the pitch not the press room. Talk is cheap !!! UTC
Pugh needs to do the business on the park on Saturday, not talking about it in the Echo. Articles like this only give ammunition to the Blackburn side. Remember last season how comments in the NF press fired up our boys by Eddie pinning the article up in the changing room. We "thumped" them 4-1, so leave your performance lads on the pitch not the press room. Talk is cheap !!! UTC dekayedcherry
  • Score: 2

10:25am Sat 23 Aug 14

rednblack37 says...

dekayedcherry wrote:
Pugh needs to do the business on the park on Saturday, not talking about it in the Echo. Articles like this only give ammunition to the Blackburn side. Remember last season how comments in the NF press fired up our boys by Eddie pinning the article up in the changing room. We "thumped" them 4-1, so leave your performance lads on the pitch not the press room. Talk is cheap !!! UTC
The problem is, Pugh hasn't phoned the Echo and said this, he's just answered a few questions. I agree it's best to do your talking on the pitch, but if there were no articles in the Echo about the game, there would be people on here moaning that the Echo are useless, why aren't they finding stories, etc. Pugh hasn't gone gung-ho, we're gonna thrash them or anything, so not sure why this would particularly fire-up Blackburn, he hasn't slagged them off - if I supported Blackburn I would be pretty disappointed to think they could only get motivated by this wishy-washy article! He just spoke a bit about the past and the need to be professional on the day to win the match. I think the Echo have got balance on this article.
[quote][p][bold]dekayedcherry[/bold] wrote: Pugh needs to do the business on the park on Saturday, not talking about it in the Echo. Articles like this only give ammunition to the Blackburn side. Remember last season how comments in the NF press fired up our boys by Eddie pinning the article up in the changing room. We "thumped" them 4-1, so leave your performance lads on the pitch not the press room. Talk is cheap !!! UTC[/p][/quote]The problem is, Pugh hasn't phoned the Echo and said this, he's just answered a few questions. I agree it's best to do your talking on the pitch, but if there were no articles in the Echo about the game, there would be people on here moaning that the Echo are useless, why aren't they finding stories, etc. Pugh hasn't gone gung-ho, we're gonna thrash them or anything, so not sure why this would particularly fire-up Blackburn, he hasn't slagged them off - if I supported Blackburn I would be pretty disappointed to think they could only get motivated by this wishy-washy article! He just spoke a bit about the past and the need to be professional on the day to win the match. I think the Echo have got balance on this article. rednblack37
  • Score: 6

11:23am Sat 23 Aug 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

Some of these comments on here are nonsense. . . . . . . Are you try to tell me that Blackburn can only beat teams by reading the oppositions local echo sports page
Some of these comments on here are nonsense. . . . . . . Are you try to tell me that Blackburn can only beat teams by reading the oppositions local echo sports page RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 4

11:56am Sat 23 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

we can only hope he is the ball boy again.
we can only hope he is the ball boy again. holdinkæft
  • Score: -3

2:55pm Sat 23 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

holdinkæft wrote:
we can only hope he is the ball boy again.
OK I need to ask this, what has he done to upset you?

You made a very derogatory remark recently, re-writing his surname and this view that you have now posted should surely be justified?

I totally respect POVs but I think I might have missed your point?

Last season there was a young lady behind me who for 90 minutes whoi would tut-tut out loud about Simon Francis's lack of ability, she had paid for her ticket so no doubt saw something the rest of us failed to notice?

It would be great therefore if you could make your point ...
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: we can only hope he is the ball boy again.[/p][/quote]OK I need to ask this, what has he done to upset you? You made a very derogatory remark recently, re-writing his surname and this view that you have now posted should surely be justified? I totally respect POVs but I think I might have missed your point? Last season there was a young lady behind me who for 90 minutes whoi would tut-tut out loud about Simon Francis's lack of ability, she had paid for her ticket so no doubt saw something the rest of us failed to notice? It would be great therefore if you could make your point ... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Minty Fresh wrote:
Enough of the rhetoric. All of the players need to do their talking on the pitch tomorrow. We got ****ed in the a** Tuesday night by a combination of poor defending and clinical finishing. That CANNOT happen again vs Blackburn or the early season hope will evaporate and mid table mediocrity will ensue.
I rest my case. What a shambles.
[quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: Enough of the rhetoric. All of the players need to do their talking on the pitch tomorrow. We got ****ed in the a** Tuesday night by a combination of poor defending and clinical finishing. That CANNOT happen again vs Blackburn or the early season hope will evaporate and mid table mediocrity will ensue.[/p][/quote]I rest my case. What a shambles. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 0

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