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Duff: We’re Not Giving Up

7 May 2015

Michael Duff insists there is still belief within the Burnley camp ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hull City.

The Clarets head to the East Coast at the weekend knowing that only victory against the Tigers, who are also relegation-threatened, will keep them in contention for Premier League safety.

Duff is available for selection on Saturday after the red card he received away at West Ham United last weekend was rescinded earlier in the week.



And the long-serving defender believes that Burnley’s current league situation does not change their approach to the game at the KC Stadium, but can only strengthen their cause!

Duff explained: “We’re still positive. We’ve not been fancied all season, so nothing has really changed within the four walls of the dressing room.

“No one has thought we are ever going to get out of it at any point and even more so now, so we’re probably under less pressure than we ever have been!

“There’s pressure within the dressing room to win games and there has been all season, but we’re still alive and kicking.

“It’s going to be hard and we’re under no illusions where we are or what we have to do.

“We’re fully aware of what we need to do, but whilst there’s the chance, there’s still positivity.

“We’ve been written off since five minutes after we won promotion last year and the last five percent that maybe thought we had the chance have probably written us off as well now!

“But that’s almost a strength that we have now. When you’re at your weakest, sometimes you’re actually at your strongest.

“Everyone has written us off and hopefully we can prove a few more people wrong.”

The Clarets, who earned their first win of the Premier League season against Hull City at Turf Moor back in November, know that anything less from the reverse fixture would not be enough to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive.


Ashley Barnes scores the only goal v Hull

But Duff maintains Burnley will just continue to head into every game with an attacking mindset.

He added: “We’ve gone out trying to win every game. I don’t think there’s been one game this season where we’ve gone out and thought: ‘we’ll probably take a point here’.

“I think the difference may be in the last 10 minutes of the game where a point away from home in this league is usually good.

“But this time in the last five minutes of the game, we’ll probably have to go a little bit more gung-ho [if we need to].

“But we’ll be approaching the game in exactly the same way as we have every other game this season.



“We’ve not scored many goals in the last few games, but we’ve created good chances at key times.

“We know we have to take some of those chances because if we don’t score a goal in the next three games, we won’t get the points that we need.

“We’re under no illusions of what we need to do, but there’s still a lot of positivity. There’s no doom and gloom around the place at all.

“Most of that stems from the manager and the group have worked so hard to get here, there’s no way people are giving up yet.

“While there’s a chance, we’ll be kicking and screaming.”



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