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Jones: The Mentality Remains Strong

6 November 2014

David Jones believes the strong mentality in the squad will be a major benefit as they continue to seek their first victory of the season.

The Clarets go into this weekend’s game against Hull City on the back of a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal.

But while the outside perception may be that despondency will soon descend upon the players after not finding a win in the first ten Premier League matches, Jones insists there is no need to panic.

Jones said: “I think people would probably look at it and think we’d be despondent but at this club since I’ve been here we’ve been a positive squad.

“We don’t dwell on disappointments because we’re a resilient bunch of players and going into the game this weekend we’re positive.

“People say you’ve got a must win on Saturday there is a possibility we won’t win so what do you do? Go into hiding?

“In terms of that there is no panic because you could win, lose or draw and you certainly don’t play good football when you panic.

“We’re not being naïve or hiding away from the situation but what is the best environment for you to go and perform? It’s not being negative or panicky, it’s about enjoying your football.

“That’s what the manager has instilled here every day both on and off the field.”

Three teams in Premier League history (Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County) before have gone a longer period without a win at the start to a campaign and still secured survival come May.

And Jones, who has experience of the Premier League with the latter of those three, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers says Burnley have the strongest side he has seen of any of those struggling
sides he has been with.

He added: “We’ve looked at things we have done in previous games where we’ve done well but not quite got what we deserve.

“We came into this league realistic and knowing we weren’t going to just carry on what we did last year.

“It is more difficult than when you’re winning every game like last season but when you’re not obviously the default mode is to not be as happy.

“We are everyone’s favourites to be in the position we are in right now but because we’re so together it lifts everyone.”

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