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Heaton: Confidence Is High

19 December 2014

Tom Heaton says confidence is high as the Clarets head to White Hart Lane this weekend to face Tottenham Hotspur.

The 28-year-old stopper helped his side to victory against Southampton at Turf Moor with a fine penalty stop, a win saw Burnley move out of the relegation zone and up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League form table.

And while Heaton admits that not many outsiders will not rate their prospects of adding to their good form at Spurs, he believes the solid framework means they can go into the game with no fear.

Heaton said: “We’re tough to break down and we often talk about the amount of games where we’ve led and can show that resilience to hold out.

“I think that’s been a key factor and that probably comes back to the framework and the ideas the gaffer puts in to us about being difficult to beat.

“It’s not just the back four, I think as a team we’re in a system and framework that gives us that solidarity.

“I think it’s fair to say results bring that confidence and we’ve had a few good ones in the last six games.

“To be brutally honest we never felt we were far away, there was never any low point because everyone believed in what we were doing and we went about it the right way.

“Obviously it gets tougher when you’re at 8, 9, 10 without a win but I think it’s credit to the manager and players for sticking with what we’re about.

“We knew it would come and now it has the floodgates have opened a little bit and you get a bit more freedom.

“Thankfully those fine margins are now going in our favour now.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s men booked a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final after beating Newcastle 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The fixture sees the start of a busy festive period against some of the division’s market leaders, but Heaton says the squad are relishing the chance to pit their wits against the best.

He added: “It’s going to be tough but personally I can’t wait as it’s another fantastic opportunity for everyone.

“This is where you want to be and the teams you want to be competing against. It took a little bit of getting used to with the games being more sparse.

“But now hopefully we can use last season in the Championship, where there a lot of games in a short space of time, to our advantage in this upcoming period.”


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