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Duff: We Believe

18 March 2015

Michael Duff believes the Clarets can “achieve something great” by pulling off a Premier League survival act.

Long-serving defender Duff capped his landmark 350th appearance for the club with a clean sheet in last weekend’s stunning Turf Moor victory over reigning champions Manchester City.

And the 37-year-old now has eyes on playing a big part in ensuring Sean Dyche’s side remain in the top–flight next season.

He said: “There’s been a belief all season. We know from the outside that nobody has given us a prayer, but we are still there-or-there-abouts with nine games to go.

“There is a real energy in this team and a hunger too. Not many of us have played at this level for much of our career, so the lads are desperate to stay where we are.

“The result last weekend gives everyone a big lift, especially with the performance as it was, but it’s only three points.

“It maybe sucked a few other teams closer to us, but it’s just one game. Nothing has changed since day one and it won’t change in the next nine games, but there is definitely a belief that we can achieve something this year.”

He added: “The team ethic has been built since the restart of last season and the momentum has just kept going.

“That’s how it’s been for the last two years and hopefully it will continue for the next nine games and we can achieve something great.

“I think we have surprised a few people along the way and it’s just having that belief now.”

Meanwhile Duff is looking forward to series of events after being granted a testimonial following 11 years’ service with the Clarets.

The evergreen stopper, who cost the club just £30,000 from Cheltenham Town in 2004, said: “I am made up with the testimonial.

“I’ve spent a lot of time here and it’s a great club to play for. I have made a lot of friends and it’s a real family club.

“I’ve had a lot of support from the fans, the Board, the players and staff, so it’s something I am very proud of.

“I have made a lot of good memories here, especially with the recent history and two promotions is something I am very proud of.

“The difference between then and now is night and day. We had eight players and one training pitch when I joined, but if you look around now it’s all starting to come together.

“The plans are fantastic and we’ll have a great training ground when I’ve gone!”


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