Midfield man eager to play full role in Clarets' pushBrian Stock hopes there are plenty more games to come for him after forcing his way back into the Clarets’ starting line-up under temporary boss Terry Pashley.
Stock didn’t start successive matches under Eddie Howe – a former team-mate and the man who signed him from Doncaster Rovers in the summer.
But since Pashley replaced Howe as caretaker-manager, the midfield anchorman has been on the team sheet in both subsequent fixtures and has helped the Clarets take maximum points.
“It is a worry when the manager signs you and then leaves, but I know him really well and he left for the right reasons,” admitted Stock.
“But as a professional you get paid by Burnley Football Club, you don’t get paid by Eddie Howe or Jason Tindall.
“I have been in the game long enough to understand that and in the short space of time since they left there has been a good atmosphere at the club.
“You have to move on as players and professionals and I think that’s evident from the last two games that we have done that.
“I have said previously that Pash deserves a lot of credit and along with Faz and Blakey they have done really well.
“Even if I hadn’t played I would have still said the same things, but I am delighted to have played two games and we have been fortunate enough to have two wins on the board as well.”
Stock added: “I didn’t come here to make up the numbers and sit on the bench. I feel I can offer the team and the league something.
“Although I am 30 years of age I still feel fit and healthy and I still have plenty more games inside me.
“I’ve never let my standards drop in training. I have maintained what I have tried to do. As soon as you think you are not going to get played and start sulking you get further down the pecking order.
“I like to think I gave a selection headache and when your opportunity comes along it’s important that you take it.”
Stock has done that so far, slotting smoothly into a midfield holding role to help the Clarets beat Blackpool and Bristol City to revive their campaign.
Pashley is set for a final game in charge at Cardiff on Saturday and Stock insists a hat-trick is possible as Burnley pit themselves against a side sitting joint top of the Championship table with a 100 per cent home record.
“We think we can get promoted, definitely top six, so this is the sort of test you need to come through,” said the Wales international.
“Cardiff is a very tough place to go and get a result. They’ve got a strong squad, a good manager and they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“There’s no harder test but we have to take a lot of heart from our last two games and I don’t see why we can’t go into the game with a lot of confidence and get a result.
“Charlie can’t stop scoring so we’ve always got a goal threat and we’re starting to look more solid at the back. We’ve got a bit of momentum and I don’t see why we can’t carry it on.”