Pope: Let's 'Keep' It The Same
England man wants repeat performance as Clarets chase famous double
Nick Pope wants the Clarets to pick up where they left on in midweek as they go gunning for a historic double against Arsenal.
Pope kept one of his nine clean sheets so far this campaign to help the Clarets secure a first ever Premier League win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in December.
A home victory over Mikel Arteta’s side at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime would therefore see Burnley complete a first double over the Gunners since the 1962/63 season.
And Pope is looking for a repeat of the display Sean Dyche’s men gave in drawing 1-1 with third-placed Leicester City on Wednesday night to give themselves a chance of closing a 58-year gap.
“I think we went back to the Crystal Palace level of performance I suppose,” said the Clarets’ goalkeeper, who is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance.
“We looked a threat going forward and in the main looked solid at the back
“It was just a better performance than we had put in over the last couple of games which we were disappointed with.
“It was good to bounce back because it's not easy. It was a good shift from the boys and we were unlucky not to get the win really.
“Arsenal are another traditional top-six team. Obviously, we won down at their place which was a great result for us at the time and is still a great result now.
“It would be good to replicate that and to have two wins over them in a season would be a good effort.
“It's a game we are looking forward to and another one that comes round quickly so we will be looking to take the momentum out of the good performance the other night into Saturday.”
The result against Leicester made it four successive home league draws for the Clarets as they shrugged off the disappointment of a 4-0 loss at Tottenham last Sunday.
Dyche’s side also raised their levels from a goalless draw against struggling West Bromwich Albion in their previous home game.
And while wins have proved elusive in the recent run – a 3-0 success at Palace the only victory in eight league games – the Clarets have continued to put priceless points on the board.
Burnley are again six points clear of the bottom three following the mid-week round of games and only a point behind 14th-placed Southampton.
And Pope wants to keep the tally ticking over with the Clarets facing two more games before a welcome three week break from Premier League action which the England international believes will benefit players and fans alike.
“Wins or points are key, just like Wednesday night. Even though you can't quite win it it's important not to lose,” added Pope, who is likely to be busy with England for the start of their 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
“It was good to get another point on the board and going into the game on Saturday it's another one will look to take on and go for the win again.
“Since the turn of the year it's been really game heavy. We had a couple of FA Cup wins, as well, which chucked another couple of games in.
“It has been Saturday then midweek - whenever they've been played - so it's probably good for the lads to have a break.
“It’s probably good for football fans as well because it feels like there's a game on TV every night at the minute. It will be nice for everyone to have a couple of weeks off.”