Goalkeeper Lee Grant looks forward to Hillsborough return
Goalkeeper Lee Grant has urged the Clarets to believe in themselves more if they are to fulfil their potential as they head into 2013.
Burnley will go into the New Year in 13th-place in the Championship following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City.
And Grant is confident Sean Dyche’s men are capable of better if they back themselves to deliver – starting with a trip to former club Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
“It will be really special for me. I had three really good years there and I am looking forward to going back. Hopefully I can come away with three points which would make the day even more special for me,” said the Clarets’ number one.
“They have had a couple of good result of late and it’s never easy to play at Hillsborough.
“They will be confident and looking to try and pull away from the danger zone down at the bottom.
“But these are the games where we really need to go and stamp our authority and we need to go there and believe a little bit more in ourselves, because I think on Saturday we were guilty of possibly not doing that against one of the top sides.
“If we can go there and show them what we are all about I’m sure we can come away with six points.”
And Grant insists that the must be the theme for Burnley in the second half of the season.
“There is a lot to look forward to,” he added. “I think the key word for us as a squad has to be to believe in it and to have confidence in ourselves.
“We have shown that we can dominate teams, especially here at Turf Moor, and go away to big sides and really compete.
“If we can continue to believe and play the way we know we can and with a really high tempo there aren’t many teams who can live with us.”
The Clarets go to Wednesday, who have won three and drawn one of their last four games, looking to bounce back from only a third home defeat of the season.
Former Turf Moor loanee David Nugent did the damage with his seventh goal against Burnley after leading scorer Charlie Austin had been forced to come off injured after just seven minutes.
And in his absence the Clarets were unable to cancel out Nugent’s 100th League goal and build on their Boxing Day win over Derby.
“It was frustrating. We were a little bit too flat in the first half when we never really got going,” Grant added.
“We managed to up the tempo slightly in the second half and we had a lot more of the possession but we didn’t manage to create anything gilt-edged and the half chances that we did create we didn’t manage to take.
“On another day we might have sneaked a point but it wasn’t to be.”