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Kightly Aims To Make Home Advantage Pay

27 February 2015

Michael Kightly believes Burnley can build on their last two away performances ahead of this weekend’s home fixture against Swansea City.

The Clarets go into the game buoyed by two excellent displays at Manchester United and Chelsea, where they became only the second Premier League team to deny Jose Mourinho’s men victory this season.

And having picked up a precious point at the league leaders last weekend, Kightly says there is a confidence about the camp as they look to make the most of home advantage.

He said: “We’re in a pretty good mood at the minute. I think the performance away at Old Trafford was massive.

“We performed well there and it was very disappointing not to get anything from the game.

“We then built on that at Chelsea by getting a point and we could have nicked it at the end really.

“The performances have been really good and that only breeds confidence.

“I’ve played at previous clubs where you go away to the likes of United and Chelsea and you don’t look at those thinking you can get something from them.

“Obviously, you go there hoping that you can, but with the squad that we’ve got and the way we’ve been performing we feel that we can pick up results anywhere.

“Swansea are a great side and we know it will be a tough game, but going to those places and getting results gives us confidence to compete against any team in this league.

“Hopefully we can build on that again at the weekend.”

Kightly won his place back in the starting line-up in the last two matches, having spent the majority of the season as a substitute.

And while the winger admits he has had to be patient for his chances, he is now determined to stay in the side for a prolonged spell.

He added: “I’ve been pleased with my last two performances. Obviously, I’ve been a bit frustrated this year not playing as much as I’d like.

“It’s a different league. Sometimes you’ve got to stay in games so I understand why maybe I’ve not played as much.

“It’s tough, but we’ve got a good, small squad and everyone stays together.

“Unfortunately it’s taken Dean Marney getting injured for me to play, which is not nice, but I’ve got to take this opportunity now.

“I’ve enjoyed the last two games; playing at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge is what you play football for.

“Hopefully I can build on those two performances and stay in the team from now until the end of the season.”

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