Burn Targeting Leeds

Monday 19 October 2015 11:30

Dan Burn believes the point gained at Middlesbrough stands the Whites in good stead to kick on at Craven Cottage against Leeds United.

“It's a big point going into two home games,” he told fulhamfc.com. “Leeds on Wednesday is a massive game to pick up three points and keep climbing that table and get to where we want to be.”

United have been struggling towards the bottom end of the Sky Bet Championship table this season, with Uwe Rosler dismissed following the weekend’s home defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion.

But nonetheless, Burn is wary of the threats the Yorkshire side pose.

“We all know Leeds have a good squad,” he said. “Last year at home we played really, really well but ended up getting smashed [3-0].

“So we know what they can bring, and we will be working on that over the coming days and on a game plan as well.”

The point gained at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday was much more welcome than the one that was taken from Charlton Athletic last time out, and Burn was pleased with the improvements shown by his side.

“I think after the Charlton game we needed to tighten up defensively all over the pitch,” he explained. “We had a game plan against Boro where we were going to sit off a little bit and when they came in our half press them a lot more.

“I thought that was quite effective and we could have even nicked it at the end, so it was a hard earned point.

“We've been working on our defending almost non-stop. We were really passive in the last 10 minutes at Charlton in our half and we didn't put much pressure on them and made it easy for them.

“So, we wanted to change that and not invite pressure on us, but as soon as they passed the halfway line we wanted to press the ball.

“It was pretty effective - they had a few chances because they've got quality so that was always going to happen but I thought we dealt with the most of it quite well.”

Saturday's game marked the return to the First Team for Burn, who replaced the injured Tim Ream, and the centre-back now hopes he can nail down a spot in the starting XI.

“I just want to play games,” he admitted. “I'm disappointed I haven't been playing but that's just football.

“A clean sheet can help my cause, so hopefully I've put a good word in for myself and can try and stay in the team for a while.”

Tickets for Wednesday's meeting with Leeds United are still available for fans to purchase, priced from just £20 for adults and £10 for juniors.

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