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Pato Ready To Deliver Christmas Cheer

21 December 2012

Striker Martin Paterson aims to give City the Blues

Martin Paterson is confident a goal and a winning running run are within touching distance as the Clarets launch their festive fixture list at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Burnley face the Blues on the back of a run of just one win in seven games – the same recent record as their hosts.

But with Sean Dyche’s side having lost only one of their last five games, Paterson is looking for lift-off over Christmas.

“We’ve got four or five games in a very short space of time, which can be a positive,” said the Northern Ireland international.

“We are not feeling sorry for ourselves but I don’t think we have quite got that rub of the green we have deserved at times so a win at Birmingham would be fantastic.

“We are not far away from a run. I think we are yet to take off with our best form, which is quite good because we aren’t in a terrible position.

“The period coming up is important and with the amount of games coming in a short space of time we could really propel ourselves into a fantastic position.

“If you do go on a three or five-game run you could end up anywhere, including the play-offs, where we are quietly confident that if we piece everything together we will have half a chance of.”

To launch a winning run the Clarets may need to up their goal output to optimise the defence improvement overseen by Dyche since his appointment at the end of October.

And Paterson is determined to his bit with his last goal coming in Dyche’s first game in charge.

“Charlie (Austin) has scored a good amount of our goals and it’s time for other people to chip in and help him, myself included. I should be chipping in with more,” added the 25-year-old who has played more of a supporting role to the top scorer in recent times but remains the Clarets' second top scorer with four Championship goals.

“I don’t like to use it as an excuse, playing out wide. You can still score goals no matter where you play.

 “It’s slightly harder because you have to do the defensive side of things but I wouldn’t like to hide behind that.

“I’ve had a couple of half-chances which I think I should have converted and if selected for the next couple of games I will be trying even more so to get on the scoresheet.

“I feel if I do I might go on a little cheeky run, no matter where I play.

“I think once get I get a couple under my belt I’ll be all right. The problem is getting a couple under your belt and then kicking on.

“But I’m quite confident in myself that if I do get a couple of good chances I’ll put them away.”

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