Matt Taylor has urged the Clarets to keep fighting right until the end in a bid to maintain their Premier League status.
Saturday’s heartbreaking defeat against Leicester City has left Burnley at the foot of the Premier League table, with four rounds of fixtures left to be played before the end of the season.
Taylor, who was making his first start since August after a long injury lay-off, missed a penalty just seconds before Leicester scored the only goal of the game at the weekend.
But rather than throw in the towel – or rue the Clarets’ lack against the Foxes – the experienced midfielder has vowed for Burnley to maintain their belief ahead of the last four matches of this challenging campaign.
Taylor said shortly after Saturday’s encounter: “Obviously, it was difficult for us and it’s a tough one to take.
“Their keeper was probably man of the match with some of the saves he made. But football is a cruel game and unfortunately so it proved for us this time.
Taylor, who earlier in the week spoke of two defining penalties he scored while at Portsmouth, added: “I felt confident in my ability to stand up and put it away and the most annoying thing is that the goalkeeper went the wrong way!
“Ironically, it was a good penalty! It was my foot that just slipped and that’s the way it went.
“It came the wrong side of the post, but I think sometimes you’ve got to be big enough to stand up and take penalties.
“That’s football! It changes so quickly and it takes a second to score a goal, as we found out.”
Having remained at the foot of the Premier League, Burnley now travel down to West Ham United on Saturday, looking for a win that could put them back in contention for league safety.
And Taylor remains convinced the manager and players will do all they can to take advantage of the opportunity ahead of them in the last four games of the season.
He said: “It’s achievable. We’re not playing badly and that’s the most frustrating thing.
“We were arguably the better team against Leicester but ultimately we don’t come away with anything.
“But there’s still four games of football left and we’ll keep going.
“That’s the group of players and the manager that we’ve got here and hopefully the fans will turn out in force in the last four games of the season because we’ve got four massive games left and we’ll keep doing everything we can.
“That’s what we’ve got the focus on. We’ve got four big games of football and the margins are so slim at this level between winning and being at the wrong end of it.
“It’s a tough situation we’re in but that’s what you play football for. It’s the best league in the world.
“We’ve got four massive games left and four opportunities to stay here.”