Following a goal on Tuesday night, Junior Stanislas believes he has become a stronger player this season.
Prior to the clash with Doncaster, manager Sean Dyche had called on his players to ‘be the one to make the difference’ and Stanislas did just that.
The winger produced a Man of the Match performance as Burnley won 2-0 at Turf Moor, sealing the victory in the 75th minute with a confident finish on the break.
It was the second successive start for Stanislas and, while he admits being asked to influence games from the bench many times this season has not always been easy, the 24-year-old is confident he has become a better player over the course of the campaign.
He said: “At times it has been frustrating on a personal level but I think I’ve learnt a lot this season, a lot to do with team ethic.
“I think the team has been fantastic this season and it has made me stronger.
“When I get my chances I’ve just got to take them, whether I’m starting or coming in off the bench.
“I set my stall out to work hard and then see what happens from there really.
Stanislas also revealed that teammate Kieran Trippier had told the winger he would get himself on the score-sheet before the Doncaster game.
The full-back’s prediction was proved correct as Stanislas showed great composure to slot the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in the second half, capping an impressive performance.
With Trippier absent through injury, Chris Baird again deputised at right-back and Stanislas hailed the impact made by the Northern-Irishman since joining the squad.
He said: “Tripps was saying I would score before the game to be fair.
“It was a break away and Ashley did really well. He’s played it into Jones who had a really good first touch to put me in.
“I thought I would take it quite early and thankfully it has gone in.
“We missed him today (Trippier) but Bairdy has come in and been unbelievable in the last two games.
“For him to come in with all his experience and be so secure and settled has been a boost for everyone.”
Stanislas is now solely focused on keeping his place in Sean Dyche’s starting line-up ahead of league-leaders Leicester’s visit to Turf Moor on Saturday.
Burnley can go top of the Championship should they collect all three points and the Clarets’ number 11 is looking forward to testing himself against the Foxes.
“Leicester come Saturday and we will just work hard and see what happens again.
“They have had a good season and for every player here individually and as a squad it will be good to test ourselves against them.
“It’s a really big game but I think they are all big games at the moment.
“We are in a strong position but we’ve got to keep taking every game as it comes.
“We’ve got an aim, a goal and ambition so all eight games are massive now.”