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Jones eyeing derby-day success

David Jones is hoping to give Burnley fans further joy in a season of success thus far in Sunday's east Lancashire derby with Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Midfielder Jones opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-0 win over Derby which moved the Clarets five points clear in second place in the Sky Bet Championship.

It also ensured Sean Dyche's automatic promotion-hunting side will go one year without tasting a league defeat at Turf Moor, with Hull's win on March 11 2013 the last time a visiting team left the stadium with all three points.

However, in a season where they have constantly set new benchmarks, the victory Clarets fans most covet is one against their bitter rivals Blackburn - something which has not happened 1979.

"We'll take a lot of fans there and prepare as we normally do for each game, but there is definitely an added spice," said Jones, whose team were denied success in that fixture last year by David Dunn's stoppage-time leveller.

"It's one we want to win, the same as any other, but for the fans it's a big one.

"We're in a good place at the moment but we know you've got to be up for every game in this league otherwise you'll get punished."

The victory over Derby gave Dyche's men a comfortable cushion in the table, yet Jones insists thoughts of automatic promotion are still not on the radar.

"I know it's a cliche but we've just got to look to the next game," he added.

"The manager's reinforced that throughout the season and the staff. We don't get ahead of ourselves and I think that's one of the things that have contributed to such a good season so far and keeps us hungry.

"We're just looking for the next game, and that's all we're going to do."