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Shackell: Let's End On A High

1 May 2014

Jason Shackell insists Burnley will be fully focused on ending the season in style with a positive result at Reading.

Saturday’s game brings the curtain down on a spectacular season, with the Clarets having sealed a spectacular return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.

But skipper Shackell is adamant any celebrations will be put on hold as the Championship runners-up look to take their points haul to a remarkable 95.

He said “The last game is just as important as the first, as crazy as it sounds. 

“We want to go and win and get to that 95 point mark if we can. It’s been a great year and now we want to finish strong.

“Anyone that knows the gaffer knows he wouldn’t let us lose focus. His mantra has always been that we do it day-in-and-day-out, no matter what happens.

“As happy as we all are to get promoted, we want to win another game to finish on a high so we can look forward to going in to pre-season in good form.

“Reading will be going hard because obviously they’ve got a lot to play for, so it should be a really good game.”

If Burnley were to avoid defeat at the Madejski, they would register the greatest ever points total for a second placed team in the second tier of English football.

Reflecting on a record-breaking season, the Clarets skipper feels immense pride leading the class of 2014 …. and can’t wait the challenges ahead.

He added “It’s been a real squad effort, a team effort. The players and the staff have been in it together and it’s been an incredible year.

“The lads go hard every day and really work their socks off. They’ve been incredible from day one of pre-season and really bought in to what the gaffer wants and it’s a pleasure to captain them.

“From being fourth favourites to go down and then getting automatic promotion, with the likes QPR, Reading and Wigan just below us, makes it an incredible achievement.

“We’ll enjoy our break but obviously there’s a lot of stuff to look forward to next year and obviously it will be a challenge, but I personally can’t wait to get my teeth into it!”

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