Westwood: Avoiding Defeat Is Vital
Midfielder admits Clarets way below best but buoyed by unbeaten run
Ashley Westwood says staying unbeaten was key as the Clarets emerged from a crucial spell with valuable points on the board.
Below-par Burnley struggled to hold out for 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as the visitors went closest to the win - despite playing with 10 men for an hour following the dismissal of defender Semi Ajayi.
But securing a ninth clean sheet of the season made sure the relegation-threatened Baggies wouldn’t leave Turf Moor with a third win of the campaign.
And the second goalless draw between the sides this season made it five points from a three-game spell against Crystal Palace - who are one place above the Clarets in the Premier League table - and bottom-three outfits Fulham and West Brom for Sean Dyche’s men.
“We wanted to go unbeaten,” said Westwood.
“The main thing we said to ourselves before this week is not to get beaten by any of the teams.
“We started the week on fire against Palace and then dug in against Fulham.
“It was big for us not to lose against Fulham and it was big not to lose on Saturday.
“We’ve done that, all being the performance wasn’t what we wanted, and we move on.
“We’ve got a free week now, which we haven’t had a for while, so we move on and look forward to Tottenham.”
The injury-stretched Clarets looked to be running on empty in the second half against the Baggies as they completed a hectic spell of 13 games in 42 days.
They now have a brief respite before going to Tottenham next Sunday for the first of three more games in seven days.
And Westwood is looking to get over the blip of Saturday’s performance, which extended Burnley’s unbeaten run to four league games in a sequence which started with another important 1-1 draw against Brighton, who are two points behind the 15th-placed Clarets and four clear of the relegation zone before facing Crystal Palace on Monday night.
“It wasn’t like us at all,” admitted the Clarets’ midfielder.
“We knew we weren’t at it, which isn’t like us. We don’t get many of them.
“Every one of us was mis-placing passes. It was a strange day.
“In the end, you’re looking at it and saying it’s a good point.
“The lads are still throwing their bodies on the line and when things aren’t going right we still do the hard work and that dug us out.
“When teams are down to 10 you try and force things a little bit and when you do that you over-hit passes and the wind was swirling everywhere.
“But we’re not going to make excuses. It was just one of those days and we move on from it.”