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Jones: Every Game Is An Opportunity

16 January 2015

David Jones says Burnley see every game as an opportunity ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Crystal Palace at Turf Moor.

The two teams face each other placed level on points and with solely goal difference – in the Eagles’ favour – separating them in the Premier League table.

And having recorded vital league wins last weekend, both sides will also be looking to build on their respective three-game unbeaten runs in the top-flight. 

However, Jones insists the Clarets merely see the match as another opportunity to pick up precious points.

He said: “Opportunity is the right word. This is the way we look at every game and there is another big opportunity for us on Saturday.

“With consistent performance, the belief grows and we’re going into the game with a lot of belief and a strong mentality that we’re going to give a performance that is going to give us the best opportunity to win.

“You can’t guarantee anything in football, but we’re going to be there or thereabouts with the performance and that’s what we’re trying to do and achieve.

“Crystal Palace had a very big result last week [against Tottenham]. I’ve never worked with Alan Pardew or know how he operates, but just from seeing his teams, they seem to play with a lot of enthusiasm and


“I’m sure Palace will have an injection of those and it will be a very tough game, but one where we’ve got to match them and go further to get a win.”

Saturday’s game will be Burnley’s eighth competitive league and cup fixture in the space of four weeks – coming less than three days after Wednesday’s Third Round FA Cup replay away at Tottenham.

another match in quick succession.But Jones remains convinced the players will be more than capable of coping with the demands of 

He added: “We weren’t affected by the heavy run of fixtures over Christmas, even with a relatively small squad and not making many changes game by game.

“The manager and the staff think about all the details and what is best for preparation through their experience.

“There are ways to recover and prepare, which is what we do.

“But I think it’s about the mentality. If you can get your head right and get over the fact that you’re tired, that’s a big thing really.

“Obviously, the game on Wednesday was tough mentally and physically, but the way that we do things here, we’ll be fully recovered in time for the weekend.”

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