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Shackell: We Have What It Takes

30 April 2015

Jason Shackell remains confident that Burnley have what it takes to survive as they head to West Ham United this weekend.

The Clarets travel to the Boleyn Ground on the back of a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Leicester City at Turf Moor last time out.

But as the skipper looks to lead his side into battle, he feels the side is more than capable of putting a run of results together that will ensure Premier League survival.

He said: “The plan hasn’t changed. We need to win games and if we win all four, or get three wins and a draw I’m sure we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“We need to go out there and get back on the scoring trail and winning football matches.

“It was frustrating last week as Matty slipped with the penalty and it could have been completely different.

“But again we’ve got to look forward not back. We’ve got four big games coming up and there is no reason why we can’t go and win all four.

“Leicester have just been on a great run and we’re confident we can do it.”

The one game at a time mantra which has stood Burnley in good stead throughout Sean Dyche’s tenure at the club comes into sharp focus at this stage of the season, with many outsiders
studying the final clutch of fixtures meticulously for the potential ramifications.

And while Shackell admits it is difficult not to look at the final four as a group of fixtures, he is also acutely aware that the demand for results has to start this weekend.

Shackell added: “I’ve been sucked in to looking at it as a bigger picture and we know what needs to be done.

“But we have to maintain that one game mentality because that all goes out the window if you don’t win the first of that group.

“That starts at West Ham where we have to go and get a positive result.”

“The gaffer is great at motivating and we’ve already let the weekend go. We’re all focused on the job that needs to be done.

“I’ve said it all season that we’ve got a great group who have taken knocks over the season but we have stayed positive.”

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