Michael Duff believes Burnley have given themselves ‘a good chance’ ahead of the final eight rounds of fixtures in the Premier League season.
The Clarets welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Turf Moor this Easter Sunday, as the campaign approaches its climax.
And with Burnley sat just one position and one point off 17th place in the Premier League table, defender Duff insists the Clarets have put themselves in a good position to achieve their goals with less than two months of the season remaining.
He said: “We’ve put ourselves in a position where we’ve got a good chance of getting out of this and with eight games to go I think anybody would have taken this position to be still there or thereabouts.
“We were written off from day one and after the first 10 games everyone said we wouldn’t win a game this season. So being in the position we’re in, alive and kicking, is a great chance.
“We’ve been written off so many times and not just this year, but last year as well.
“But there’s a real strength amongst the squad, the players and the staff that we can achieve something.
“That hasn’t changed all season and it won’t change for the last eight games.
“If we’re not successful, we know we’ll have had a right go.
“But we’re confident that we can achieve something.”
The visit of Spurs will see Burnley pit their wits against another of the Premier League’s top teams in a televised fixture.
But having taken points off the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United already this season – as well as taking Tottenham to an FA Cup replay back in January – Duff explains why the Clarets don’t pay too much attention to who they come up against on a weekly basis.
He added: “It’s too easy to say: ‘you’re going to get beat by them, you might beat them and you might get a point against them’.
“The Man City game a couple of weeks ago blew that theory out of the water!
“We also went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point each; points that we weren’t expecting to get.
“But we probably dropped points that people thought we should have won, too.
“So our mentality doesn’t change, it is one game at a time, like the gaffer has said so many times over the last two years, but it’s genuinely the way that we work.
“And if we get beat in the next game, we’ll get beat and try to win the one after that.
“Hopefully we can get a few more wins along the way and get enough points to get us above the drop zone.”