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Duff: It's Within Touching Distance

24 October 2014

Michael Duff is confident that Burnley’s first Premier League win is within touching distance ahead of Sunday’s clash with Everton.

The Clarets are still to register an elusive victory in the top-flight despite some immensely encouraging performances.

And Duff, the longest serving member of the current squad, believes that three points will come, while also highlighting the fact that the side are far from content with just competing.

Duff said: “I think it’s fair to say we’re not far away from our first win. Both statistics and our performances would back that up.

“We maybe just need that little bit of luck, something to drop for us. We’ve hit the post and the bar a few times at important stages of games.

“Other than the West Brom game where we never turned up and got what we deserved we’ve shown not to be far off a win.

“We’ve competed but the gaffer has made it clear that it’s not just alright to do alright. We don’t want to be unlucky, you know little old Burnley, we want to be picking up points.”

West Ham United were the visitors to Turf Moor last weekend and after enjoying almost complete domination the first-half against the Hammers, Burnley fell to a Diafra Sakho sucker punch, before Enner Valencia made it 2-0 shortly after.

But the 36-year-old centre back insists that the Clarets will learn from those mistakes and draw upon the same sort of togetherness that saw them answer last season’s critics in style.

Duff added: “There is a braveness, a togetherness and a strength within this squad but there is also different types of braveness.

“It’s having the composure to take the chance, to take an extra pass perhaps in dangerous areas. We just need to make sure we draw upon them all.

“You can’t switch off in this division, it was total domination for 45 minutes last week and we should have gone in at half-time, 1-0 or 2-0 up.

“We didn’t and then didn’t turn up for the first 12 minutes of the second half and it’s game over. That’s the difference in this division.

“From that point onwards we’re chasing the game and that’s no easy task in the Premier League.

“We have pride in our performances but we need to address the fact we’re not winning games.

“It’s mentioned because the gaffer is extremely honest with us but it doesn’t really affect us.

“The same as we didn’t let it creep in last year when people said we’d fall away by Christmas, and then February and so on.

“It’s going to be a tough game on Sunday, they’ve brought in Romelu Lukaku for a lot of and they’ve got Ross Barkley but that’s why we’re here, to test ourselves against the best and win.”

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