Date: 25th July 2008 at 9:23pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley’s Scottish goalkeeper Kenny Arthur has told of how he is looking forward to Saturday’s confruntation with Burnley manager Owen Coyle.

The 29-year-old shot stopper came up against Coyle whilst playing in Scotland for Partick Thistle, and is anticipating the renewal of rivalry between the two when the former St. Johnstone manager arrives at the Fraser Eagle Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Accrington boss John Coleman has kept his boys on the training ground longer than usual over the summer to get the lads into a peak of fitness ahead of the big kick off on August 9th against Aldershot, but Arthur believes that it is all worth while in the long run.

“Pre-season has been very intense but it will give a good basic foundation for when the season comes around.’ he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“We’ve not played many games so far but we have a busy time coming up and we`re all looking forward to playing in those.

“Burnley will be a good test because they`re playing in a higher league so everyone who plays will get a lot of benefit out of it.”

Although Coyle was in his playing days the last time the two met, he shared some good times against Arthur and Partick scoring no fewer than five times in four appearances and will be looking to continue where he left off on Saturday when he shouts his orders from the sidelines.

The Stanley stopper continued: “I played against Owen in the last quarter of his career back up the road so it will be good to see him again.

“I remember playing against him but he must have told people about his success against Partick.

“I just try and take the positives out of each performance.”

He added: “Owen had a fantastic reputation as a player north of the border, and he had a great goal ratio, but it`s no surprise to anyone that he`s made the transition into management.

“His enthusiasm for the game is second to none and he`s doing a good job at Burnley.”

Arthur is looking forward to the challenge from the Clarets at the weekend and still holds fond memories of his first Accrington versus Burnley game at the Fraser Eagle Stadium, and is looking forward to more competitive football following his broken leg last season.

“The Burnley game is always a good one to play in,” he added. “I remember last year I was very busy and the ground was jam-packed so we`re hoping to get a good crowd on and put a good performance for the fans.

“But it`s all about continuing to build and peaking at the right time.

“But we`re not going to get carried away and make rash predictions.

“The new boys who have come in have integrated well and we`re all looking forward to getting the season started.”