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Reid Makes Case For The Defence

26 September 2014

Former Baggies star "blown away" by mood in Clarets' camp

Steven Reid has insisted Burnley should take plenty of positives ahead of their Sunday’s visit to former club West Bromwich Albion.

The Clarets head to the Hawthorns for the televised kick-off on a three-match unbeaten run, having kept three consecutive clean sheets in the top flight for the first time since 1968.

And Reid, who spent four seasons at Albion before joining Burnley on a free transfer in the summer, has reflected on a promising start to the campaign as Sean Dyche’s team are looking to turn good performances into their first win of the season.

The midfielder said: “I think we’ve got to be positive. We’ve started well.

“Since the Chelsea match, when for the opening 20 to 30 minutes we were well in the game and set out of the blocks as if we were in the Premier League for years, every game could have gone either way.

“We could have won every match. We’ve been really influential in parts, if not all of those games. Against Swansea we were unlucky to get beat and three clean sheets on the back of that is a really positive start.

“We’ve not got that first win yet, but we’ve kept three clean sheets and I had one season at West Brom when I think we kept three clean sheets all season!

“To do that after five games is incredible defensively and that’s the main focal point if you’re going to stay in the Premier League.

“If you can keep clean sheets and then maybe nick a goal or two at the other end, you’re really onto something there.

“We’ve had at least a couple of chances in every game. Maybe there’s just that little bit more belief in the final third, which will come, that we’re missing, but at the same time we’ve defended superbly and from the front as well.

“It’s not just Tom [Heaton] in goal and the back four, but you also need a couple of strikers up there that are going to work their socks off.

“That’s part and parcel of surviving in the Premier League. You can’t have a couple of lads that are going to just stay up there!

“They’re in just as important defensive positions as the guys at the back. From back to front, we’ve been superb so far.”

The former Republic of Ireland international has made two substitute appearances so far this season, playing his part in well-earned home draws against Manchester United and Sunderland.

And having arrived at the club right at the start of pre-season, Reid has admitted he has been highly impressed by his new surroundings.

He added: “In terms of fitness, it’s been intense. Watching from afar I had a bit of an interest in the club last season as I know the manager from my time alongside him with Millwall.

“I have been blown away by the whole atmosphere around the club, if I’m honest. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and the character of the boys and the work ethic that goes on every day have been first class.

“It’s been a joy to be involved in that environment for the first three months.

“If we are going to keep that, which we are, I’m sure we’ve got a great chance this season.”

The 33-year-old has also revealed he is looking forward to visiting his former club, just a few months after he left Albion at the end of last season.

Reid admitted: “I’m looking forward to going back to the Hawthorns and seeing a few of the old faces.

“A lot of the lads are still there and it’s going to be good to see them and a few of the staff as well.

“It was one of the first games I looked for when the fixtures came out.

“I had great, especially first couple of seasons there when we had a couple of top-ten finishes. Last season was disappointing as was to leave the club, albeit we stayed in the Premier League.

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