Scottish Premier League

Lomas motivated to break Hearts

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Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:32:00

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will run the rule over a host of injury concerns before Barnsley's visit to Turf Moor in the Championship.

The Clarets claimed their first win in seven matches at the weekend when a spectacular strike from top scorer Charlie Austin proved enough to see off Charlton.

Alex Kacaniklic made his debut at The Valley having joined on loan from Fulham, but Dyche is otherwise short in midfield as doubts remain over Ross Wallace (knee), Chris McCann (hamstring) and Dean Marney (calf).

If the injury situation does not alter, Marvin Bartley and David Edgar are poised to team up once more in the engine room.

Ben Mee is closing in on a return to fitness following medial knee ligament damage and fellow defender Michael Duff is still struggling with a calf complaint.

Barnsley team news to follow...

The Irishman scored the decisive goal in Saturday's win over Carlisle to close the gap on the top six to eight points.

Chris Kiwomya's side are unbeaten in their last five and Judge believes that momentum will help them, even the state of the pitch at Meadow Lane does not.

"Those games, you've just got to win them, because there's not going to be much football played on that pitch," he told the club's official website.

"But, that's the way it goes, the groundsmen are doing as much as they can, because we've got the rugby on it, but we'll do what we can.

"The games are coming thick an fast and the show of a good team is when you can keep winning or at least make sure you don't lose.

"We're on a good roll at the minute and that's five unbeaten so we'll give everything we can until it's not possible."

The Jambos are seeking their first victory since manager John McGlynn parted company with the club last week, with first-team coach Gary Locke being placed in interim charge of team affairs.

The Edinburgh outfit will be looking for a positive result following the weekend defeat to Motherwell, with players also keen to stake a claim ahead of the Scottish Communities League Cup final against St Mirren later this month.

But Saints - sitting fifth in the table - are keen to pick up the wins that will secure their spot in the top half of the table before the league split.

Lomas said: "Gary Locke is a very respected former player and coach. He's a great lad and I'm sure the lads will want to play for him.

"They've got a cup final coming up and maybe some of the more experienced boys have got a point to prove.

"There are various reasons why they'll want to do well but we can only focus on what we can do.

"We can only focus on our performance, our defending and our attacking.

"It's a great opportunity for us but it's never easy to go to Tynecastle. It's a tough venue and we will have to perform."

He added: "The league's so tight and I think that's been a positive this year that everybody can beat everybody.

"Everybody has to perform because everybody can beat anybody on the day.

"If you don't perform in the 90 minutes, you get beat. It's as simple as that."

Hearts said they had more than 50 applications and notes of interest in the job in the first 48 hours that followed McGlynn's departure.

McGlynn left Tynecastle after Hearts slipped to second bottom of the SPL but Lomas had some sympathy for the former Jambos boss.

He said: "It's a classic case of giving somebody a remit - blood young players while cutting the budget.

"But, once there is a little bit of heat coming from the fans, the manager is the one who gets the bullet when really John McGlynn has done nothing wrong.

"He's fulfilled his remit and more."

Saints were held to a draw by bottom side Dundee in their last outing but Lomas has no complaints about their recent efforts.

He said: "A point away from home in the SPL isn't something you need to bounce back from.

"Yes, we were disappointed but there's nothing we can do about it.

"All we can do is focus on the next game but I don't think it's a case of bouncing back."

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