Winger hopes winning goal will trigger run
Junior Stanislas admitted that three points were vital after firing the in-form Clarets to victory over promotion-chasing Crystal Palace.
Stanislas’ excellent 81st-minute strike propelled Burnley to a third win in four league games as they climbed into the top ten.
And the winger was delighted that the Clarets got full reward for a dominant performance against a Palace side that started the day in third place.
“It was important for us to get a win,” said Stanislas.
“We have been playing well in games and coming out with draws so today, having played relatively well, it was good to come out with three points.
“We started really well and created a few chances. We might have taken a few of them but we didn’t so we kept going.
“In the second half they came back at us a little bit more, which we knew they would, so we knew it was a case of digging in, keep trying to do the right things and in the end thankfully we nicked a goal.
“It was a tough afternoon and Palace made it difficult for us so it was a good time that the goal came for us.
“It’s good to beat anyone. We know we have the players in the squad to do that. It’s just being more clinical in front of goal and finding that consistency and then no doubt we will push up the league.”
Stanislas was starting only his second game since Sean Dyche took charge at the end of October and was only seconds away from coming off with a bout of cramp when he beat Julian Speroni with a 20-yard curler.
But the former England under-21 international, who earned his recall after a two-goal performance for the Development Squad in mid-week, hopes he has done enough to stay in the first-team frame after recovering from a hamstring injury.
“It’s more important to get the three points but from a selfish point of view it was good to get the goal as well. I connected quite well and knew as soon as I hit it it was in,” Stanislas added.
“Every player wants to play. I played today and impacted on the game so for me it’s been a good afternoon and hopefully I can build on that and play more regularly.
“We have a lot of good players so it’s more difficult to go out and get a start but I am sure that if I keep training well and keep my head down I will play.
“With all good teams there are a lot of good players and competition and that only makes things healthy and good for the team.
“If one is not really at it another one can go in, so that makes it a good problem for the manager.”