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Heaton: Momentum Can Be A Catalyst

14 May 2015

Tom Heaton says the Clarets ending the season with momentum can provide the catalyst to an instant Premier League return.

Burnley head into their final home fixture of the season against Stoke City knowing their fate.

But while many outsiders will suggest that neither side have anything to play for, Heaton insists that there is a hunger within the squad to end with two victories and carry that form into the 2015/16 campaign.

Heaton said: “It would drive you mad if you do the whole ‘what if’ thing but we can look back, reflect and then move things forward.

“I think looking at it as a whole, as individuals and as a team we need to learn from it and build upon it next season.

“There is certainly an awful lot of hunger to get back into the Premier League now we’ve had a taste of it.

“That starts with the next two games, trying to build some momentum and then moving that in to the next season.

“The lads are still training with the same intensity as they have done all season and there has certainly been no let up.

“Then the focus will be on building for next season and looking to get back into the Premier League.

“We want to finish the season strongly and if we can get some good results in the next two then that will help us.

“If you end poorly and with poor performance levels then you almost have to try and get going again.”

The 29-year-old stopper, whose family hail from the Burnley area, also reserved praise for the support the squad have received this season.

He added: “The support this season has been outstanding and going from last year when we won a lot of games to this year where we’ve not had as many it can be tough.

“I have to say they’ve been amazing and that culminated in the game against Hull City on Saturday.2

“I think the overriding factor with fans is that when people can see the will and desire and that players are giving everything for the shirt, they can get behind that.

“Certainly when I’ve watched football, you can almost back that and follow it. That’s certainly been a journey for us as players and the fans that they know we’ve given our all for the club.”

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