KEVIN Long insists the Clarets can take plenty of positives from their FA Cup defeat at Southampton into their impressive league campaign.
The defender enjoyed an outing in central defence and scored his first senior goal for the club as Burnley bowed out with their heads held high in a seven-goal thriller at St Mary’s.
Kevin Long opens his Clarets' account
And the Irish defender, 23, feels the performance will stand the Clarets in good stead as they re-focus on the Championship at Yeovil this weekend.
Long said: “I thought it was a really good performance and we were just unlucky not to get the draw in the end.
“They’ve got a great squad that shows why they are doing really well in the Premier League, but I thought our second half performance was good and if we can take that into the league we will be up there at the end of the season.”
“We can take a lot of positives, so hopefully we can go into next week against Yeovil and get another three points and keep ourselves up there.
“We don’t underestimate any team in the league; we go out every week and just try our hardest and see where it takes us.”
Long featured in his 10th game of the current campaign at Southampton in the absence of Michael Duff.
And the former Cork City defender, whose fifth career goal set up a grandstand finish in the third round tie, accepts that he needs to impress whenever he is given the chance.
He said: “Duffo (Duff) and Shacks (Shackell) have formed a really good partnership and all I can do is bide my time, keep doing well on the training ground and keep working hard in the gym and just hopefully, if I get my chance, I take it and do well.”
Story by Daniel Meeks