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Heaton: Motivation Is The Key

21 February 2014

Tom Heaton says consistency of selection and motivation throughout the whole squad have been key themes of Burnley’s season ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Nottingham Forest.

Promotion-chasing Billy Davies’ side arrive at Turf Moor three places and five points behind the Clarets in the Championship table.

Burnley currently find themselves in second, two points above third-placed Derby County and four above promotion-favourites Queens Park Rangers. 

And while the Clarets goalkeeper acknowledges the team have put themselves in a good position, he insists Burnley need to keep their concentration with a run of big fixtures beginning this Saturday.

He said: “I think one of the themes at the club right now is what has got us where we are.

“That has been focus on what is directly in front of us.

“It starts with Nottingham Forest on Saturday and if we all go out and approach the game in the same manner as we have done for the rest of the season, we will certainly give ourselves a good chance of winning the match.

“Nothing is guaranteed in football, but if we continue in the way we have done so far this season, more times than not we are going to get the result we desire.” 

Heaton is aware of the strength of this weekend’s opposition, who visit Turf Moor on a 14-game league unbeaten run.

However, the Clarets look to go ten games without a defeat in the Championship themselves.

Sean Dyche’s team also put on the line again their 11-month unbeaten home league record, which ironically began with a 1-1 draw against Forest last April.

And the former Manchester United shot stopper believes understanding within the whole Burnley squad could prove the difference at the weekend.

He added: “We’ve had a great run at home and they have a long unbeaten record themselves.

“They are a very big club with a big squad. But we know what we are about and that is a big football club ourselves with a very good squad.

“We’ll certainly be looking to go and get the three points and it’s all about how we go about it.

“Another key theme of our season has been the fact that we’ve managed to get the consistency and understanding throughout the team, including the lads who have not started as many games as they would have liked.

“Our motivation has certainly been a big thing this season.

“We have approached matches with the right attitude and application.

“All we look to do now is continue in the same manner.”
Story by Wojciech Falenta

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