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Jones: Let's Keep The Run Going

4 December 2015

David Jones says everyone in the Clarets squad is relishing the Lancashire derby against Preston as they look to make it ten games without defeat.

The Clarets fought back from two goals down against Cardiff last weekend to preserve that run.

And Jones believes the result in Wales is something they can take into Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor, citing the strong mentality as a powerful weapon.

He said: “It wasn’t the best performance overall last weekend but to end on such a positive and getting a draw, we’ve got to take that feeling into Saturday.

“We’re all preparing well, we know it’s a derby game and it is one that we’re all looking forward to.

“We’ve demonstrated it a number of times now and the gaffer has been a long time now so it’s installed into the DNA of the club, that relentless mentality.

“We keep looking forward. One of the mantras is to take games individually and we’ll carry on doing that.

“We feel like we’re going well and that we’ve gelled and progressed since the start of the season. Hopefully we can continue our run on Saturday and build into a busy period.”

The midfielder spent time on loan at North End during his time at Manchester United alongside experienced campaigners in Graham Alexander, Chris Lucketti, Richard Cresswell and Youl Mawene.

That was a key learning curve in Jones’ career, and now having clocked up 100 league appearances of his own for the Clarets, he is expecting a tough test from an ‘organised’ Preston side this weekend.

Jones added: “It was a great experience as I played a lot of games alongside decent experienced Championship players at the time and learnt a lot so it helped me progress in my career.

“They’re very organised and they’ll have a good team spirit having come up last season. They’ve done well so far, I’ve seen some of the games and they’ve got a really good manager so it’s going to be a tough

“It’s one that we need to match them physically and then our quality needs to shine through. Everyone is looking forward to it.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here so to clock up that milestone in two and a half seasons has been great for me.

“I hope I can continue that with some good performances this season and keep doing well for the club.

“It’s a nice milestone but now I’ll be looking to make it 200!”

The 31-year-old has started alongside Joey Barton at the heart of the Clarets midfield for the entirety of their nine-game unbeaten stretch.

But the return of Dean Marney increases the level of competition in that area - something which Jones insists can only benefit the squad.

“It’s good to see him back, I obviously played a lot of games alongside Dean and he’s a very good player.

“Throughout the whole squad, I feel like from when I first came to the club it’s improved a great deal and we’ve got competition all over the place.

“It’s good for the team to be pushed all the time in various positions and we’ve definitely got people fighting for places.”

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