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Taylor: It's Another Big Game

23 April 2015

Matt Taylor says Burnley need to take one game at a time ahead of Saturday’s visit of Leicester City to Turf Moor.

The experienced midfielder has never been relegated from the Premier League and played a vital role in Portsmouth’s great escape in the 2005/2006 season.

And with Sean Dyche’s men heading into another important fixture this weekend against the Foxes, a fit-again Taylor is hoping to play his part after a frustrating campaign due to injury.

Taylor said: “It was probably the most frustrating injury I’ve ever had in my career.

“It was tough because you want to play football and your body won’t allow you to do so but it was injury that needed to be dealt with and thankfully we have done now.

“Without making too much of a big deal of it, it’s another big game and it’s obviously magnified with the position of both teams in the league at the moment.

“It’s a huge game, but ultimately there are only three points that either of us can go for and we’ll be obviously wanting to take these three points at home.

“I assume there’ll be a lot of media attention with the game because of our respective league positions, but it’s another game of football.

“Through my experience, when you start thinking about it differently, it can have a negative effect where it can take the attention away from the game and the performance on Saturday.

“For us as a team, we accept it’s a huge game, but we’ve had 33 big games up to now.

“It’s one where we obviously want to take points from and if we can continue performing like we have done previously then we’ll have a good chance.”

Taylor, who made substitute appearances in the last two matches, has also stressed the importance of the Clarets fans to the cause.

“For us, being at home is a good thing and hopefully we can get the crowd behind us with a high-energy performance at the beginning and if you do that, we’re going to give ourselves a good chance.

“You can argue that every game you play in the Premier League is a must-win.

“Obviously, the league table suggests that we need to win and we’ll be going out to do that, but there are still four games left in the season after this.

“As I say, I’ve been in a situation like this previously and we only want to think about the next game and not about what’s coming up later on.

“Leicester have hit a bit of form at the moment, but ultimately it’s about what how we are going to approach the game and we need to focus on what we’re doing.”


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