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Heaton: There Is No Panic

4 April 2014

Tom Heaton insists there is no doom and gloom among the Burnley squad as the Clarets attempt to get back to winning ways away at Watford on Saturday.

Sean Dyche’s team suffered only their fourth league defeat of the season last weekend when Championship leaders Leicester City ran out 2-0 winners at Turf Moor.

It was the first time Burnley lost at home for over a year in the league.

However, the Clarets goalkeeper ensures the players have picked themselves up quickly after the disappointment and are fresh and ready to go ahead of the next challenge.

Heaton said: “There is certainly no panic nor doom and gloom from our point of view. It was only one game against a team sitting at the top of the league.

“It was a strange one, really. Vokesy went off early on and we changed shape, but I didn’t think there was too much in the game, to be honest.

“They scored two good goals and hit the crossbar from distance. Other than that, though, we were relatively comfortable as they were apart from a couple of half-chances from us.

“Throughout a football season, you’re always going to get ups and downs and sometimes it’s not going to go your way.

“Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case too many times this year and hopefully, it won’t be too many more.

“There’s certainly positivity here and everyone is looking forward to Saturday.”

Despite the defeat at the hands of the Foxes, Burnley are still in second position in the Championship table, nine points ahead of third-placed Queens Park Rangers with seven rounds of games to be played before the end of the campaign.

And Heaton, who has kept 15 league clean sheets this season, believes the ‘one game at a time’ mentality installed by the manager remains key to the Clarets’ campaign.

The shot stopper added: “We’re in a good position which is one that you want to be in as players and as a club.

“But we don’t go away from what’s got us to this point and what’s stood us in good stead, really.

“There is focus on doing the right things, the basics, not getting distracted and concentrating on one game at a time.

“As the manager says if you can get all those, you’re going to give yourself a great chance of winning the game.

“It sounds ridiculous and repetitive, but I think it’s been the key feature of this year. As a player, it simplifies it when you can just concentrate on what’s in front of you.

“It has been successful so far, so why would you want to go away from that?

“It continues with Watford on Saturday and hopefully we can get a result there.”

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