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Taylor: Bring On Bolton

16 October 2015

Matty Taylor believes that the Clarets can continue their good form against local rivals, Bolton.

The Clarets could move into the second position in the Championship with victory against the Trotters, who pitch up at Turf Moor having won just once this season.

And the 33-year-old midfielder, who played for Wanderers for three and a half years, would love to get his name on the scoresheet.

He said: "It's a Lancashire derby, isn't it? Arguably, as I am reliably informed, it's not the biggest one.

"It will be a stern test for us but it's an opportunity to get another three points.

"It's just another game. As a footballer, you accept that you are going to face your previous employers and teams that you have played for.

"I am a Burnley player now and I want us to go and succeed and take three points."

The Clarets are back in action two weeks, after going into the international break buoyed by the victory at Rotherham.

That was their fifth win in seven games, keeping Sean Dyche’s men hot on the heels of the early Championship pace-setters.

And Taylor, who has scored twice this campaign, feels that the enforced break has helped the squad to prepare further for the Trotters’ visit.

He said: "I think it's a positive thing. It's given the management and staff the opportunity to get some new ideas across to us.

"We are probably not playing fantastically well but we are still winning football matches and that is a massive plus for us.”

Matt celebrates his goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Taylor is looking to play his part in the Clarets' success this season after suffering an injury-ravaged first year with the club.

An Achilles injury restricted the former Portsmouth wide man to just 11 Premier League games.

But a fully-fit Taylor is now relishing playing a more active part in the squad this season.

"I'm glad to be fit and available for selection,” he added.“I think that I've done relatively well this season, when called upon, and will continue to do so when I get the opportunity to get onto the pitch.

"The team are winning and, while that happens, it does make it more difficult to get into the team. There are only eleven shirts up for grabs.

"However, I think competition is a positive thing. It's a nice headache for the manager to have because it will bring the best out of people."

Despite the competition for places, Taylor praises the team mentality of the group, and thinks that this will help them this season.

"We are confident as a group and we run that extra mile for each other. It's a great group. because there are no huge egos within the dressing room.

"Everybody is fighting for the same goal here. We have a really good group mentality and everyone wants to be part of something special.

"Ultimately, if the team succeeds, as individuals we succeed."

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