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Heaton: We're Resilient On The Road

26 November 2015

Clarets captain Tom Heaton is relishing another tough test in the Sky Bet Championship against his former employers Cardiff City.

Heaton enjoyed two separate spells with the Bluebirds between 2008-2009 and then permanently between 2010 and 2012 before joining Bristol City.

And the England international stopper feels that the Clarets resilience will stand them in good stead as they look to extend their eight-game unbeaten run at the expense of Russell Slade’s men.

He said: “It’s a tough place to go and they’re a good side. In the last few years they’ve had a year in the Premier League and they’ve been strong Championship contenders.

“We’ll go there with a lot of respect for them but as ever looking to impact on the game in the way we want to.

“Away from home it can be tough but we’ve certainly got that resilience in the side and the framework.

“That stands us in good stead at tough places to go. I think the atmosphere will be hostile against a good side who have made a good start but we’re all looking forward to it.

“With how many games there are you’re not going to win every one and we’ll be going to get three points but if we don’t you want to get something.”

That resilience has meant the Clarets haven’t tasted defeat on the road since August and Heaton is looking forward to a return to his a place that still holds fond memories.

He was named the club’s Young Player of the Year in 2011 and later went on to famously deny Steven Gerrard’s penalty when the Welsh side reached the 2012 Carling Cup final.

The 29-year-old added: “I enjoyed my time there. I had a loan spell for a season and then signed permanently a year down the line.

“I’m looking forward to going back down there because it’s a great club and I had some really good times.

“I got on really well with my opposition number David Marshall – he’s a top top quality keeper. A few of the boys are still there who I’ll look forward to seeing but there is a job to do first!”

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