Taylor Looks For Leicester Response
Defender chasing another big home win to keep Clarets moving
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Charlie Taylor is looking forward to another big Turf Moor date with Leicester City as the Clarets aim to keep totting up the points.
Burnley have won three of their last four home games against the Foxes – often at critical times.
Going back to January 2017, a late Sam Vokes’ goal made it five successive home league wins for Sean Dyche’s men as they moved into the top 10.
In April 2018, a 2-1 victory against Leicester all but secured the Clarets’ place in Europe and last season Burnley came from behind to clinch another 2-1 success which ended a four-game losing run and launched a seven-match unbeaten spree up to the start of lockdown.
Wednesday night’s encounter has nothing immediately riding on it with 12 games to go before the end of the season.
But the Clarets will be looking to respond to Sunday’s 4-0 loss at Tottenham – which ended an unbeaten four-game run – by extending their five-point advantage over the bottom three.
And Taylor is aiming to kick-start another run to move Dyche’s men closer to Premier League safety in the first of three matches against top-10 opposition ahead of a timely three-week break.
“We could have performed better at Tottenham,” admitted the Clarets’ defender.
“That’s the disappointing side of it but take nothing away from them, they are a top-class team and they turned up on the day. They were ruthless.
“We’ve got the perfect chance to forget about Sunday with a game so quickly again.
“It’s another top team in Leicester but we’re at home and we’ll fancy ourselves to try and get a result.
“It’s always seemed to have been a big game (against Leicester) and it is another big game on Wednesday.
“In recent seasons we’ve done well – especially at home – against them and hopefully we can carry that on and get a result against them.
“They are tough games coming up but if we can get a few points and keep on ticking over coming up to that break I think that would be the perfect scenario.
“Then we can rest and regroup in the break and kick on for the final stretch of the season.
“Ideally you want to get as many points on the board as early as possible and be safe as early possible.
“Whether it be 40 points or whatever is needed this season – it may be less – you just want to get there as quickly as possible.”
The Clarets are currently 15th in the table on 28 points ahead of another busy round of mid-week fixtures.
Just one defeat in their last five games at Turf Moor has kept the relegation zone at arm’s length and a win over third-placed Leicester would take Burnley above Southampton and within touching distance of mid-table.
The Clarets have made a habit of bouncing back from big defeats and Taylor is expecting another positive reaction as he continues his own comeback from a recent spell on the sidelines.
“No-one ever wants to be injured. I’m sure if you ask anyone, they just want to play week-in, week-out,” added the left-back, who missed seven of Burnley’s first eight league games in 2021 with a hamstring injury.
“It is frustrating but you’ve got to move on and concentrate on getting back fit and helping the team when needed.
“As much as it is hugely frustrating at the time, I’m glad to be back and playing and hopefully it can stay that way.
“We’ve got a great group of lads and we always believe in the quality in the squad and the players we’ve got.
“We’re a good side and we can put a run of results together, as we proved this year and in years before as well.”