Skipper insists Clarets are up for Cardiff clash
Jason Shackell is confident the Clarets will not shirk the challenge posed by champions-elect Cardiff City.
The Burnley skipper insists the televised game (12.45pm) with the Welshmen provides the perfect platform to take a giant leap away from the congested danger zone.
“You don’t want to hide away from the fact we are in trouble, that’s there for everyone to see.” Insisted Shackell.
“But that’s good because we don’t want people taking their foot off the gas. We need to work harder than we have all season
“It’s nothing to be scared of or shy away from. It’s a challenge and one we will make sure we come out on top.
“I think it’s a huge opportunity and a great game for us. People are saying it will be a tough game against the top of the league, but I don’t see it that way.
“It could be the game that could stop the rot and pushes us on to the end of the season.
“It’s on TV against the top team, with good players who you want to challenge yourself against, so it’s a fantastic opportunity and game for us.”
Shackell accepts the Clarets have been below-par in recent weeks.
The back-to-back 1-0 away defeats at Blackpool and Leeds United have left Sean Dyche’s side with a slender three-point advantage over the teams below the dotted line, albeit with a far superior goal difference.
But Shackell insisted: “We are more than capable of turning in good results.
“In the past few months they have not been good enough, but some of our performances have been really good.
“There are always positives to take and although we find ourselves in trouble, we are still a few points clear and with a better goal difference, so it’s massively in our own hands and as long as we go out and play as we know we can, we will be fine.
“At the minute things aren’t going our way, but there’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves.
“What has gone has gone, we just need to focus on the next three games and put it to bed as soon as possible, so we’ll go out there and make sure we work harder than we have been, with more quality, create chances and get the result.
“On our patch, if we go out and play as we can, we will get a positive result.
“One win on Saturday and it’s a completely different picture and we are all wondering what we were worrying about.
“A week is a long time in football and getting a positive result against Cardiff is our only focus.”
There is still time to get your tickets for Saturday’s lunchtime clash (12.45pm KO).
Tickets are available, priced at just £10 and £5 ONLINE HERE , in person at the Turf Moor ticket office, Clarets Store in Charter Walk or telephone on 0871 221 1914.