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Keane: We've Learnt A Few Lessons

5 December 2014

Michael Keane believes Burnley keep improving as they prepare for this weekend’s trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Having faced a challenging start to the Premier League season, the Clarets are heading to the capital on a four-match unbeaten run.

And Keane, who started the last two fixtures against Aston Villa and Newcastle United, insists the team are currently reaping benefits of consistent performances that hadn’t previously brought the points they had merited.

He said: “I think the team’s belief has started to grow even more with every game and the performances keep improving.

“We’ve learnt a few lessons from the games early on in the season and got a few good results recently.

“We’re now going to QPR and we know it’s going to be a tough game, but one that we’ll approach as we’ve approached every other game.

“We’ll obviously analyse what they’re like and go to the game with more confidence after three or four good results in a row now.

“We know we’re capable of beating them on our day and we just have to make sure we do that on the day.”

Due to the form of Jason Shackell and Michael Duff at the heart of defence, Keane, who joined the Clarets on loan from Manchester United on deadline day, has had to be patient for his first Premier League starts.

But the England U21 international says he was never in any doubt that opportunities would come if he applied himself well.

He added: “I think it’s been a bit of a mixed ride for me. There’s been a bit of frustration with not getting games at the start, but I’ve really enjoyed it recently.

“I expected to wait and I knew I had to be patient. The lads were doing really well when I wasn’t playing and I knew I wasn’t going to go straight into the team.

“But I also knew that eventually my chance would come and that I had to be ready for it. That’s why I was training hard.

“As a footballer, you just want to play games, so once you start playing and getting good results, you enjoy your football even more and that’s what I’m doing now.

“It was a big step for me to make my first Premier League start and I thought I’d done all right, but there’s still place for improvement for me as I’m new to the Premier League.

“Hopefully I’ll be learning new things with every game and getting better and better.”

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