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Kightly: Our Mindset Is Strong

25 September 2015

Michael Kightly says the Clarets are going into every game with a positive mindset as they look to make it six unbeaten against Reading this weekend.

The 29-year-old winger has been a regular in Sean Dyche’s starting line-up so far this season in the Championship.

And as the squad prepare for the visit of the Royals, Kightly is hoping to build on a solid point at Derby County.

He said: “It was a good point for us. In the first half we played pretty well but Andre going off took away that pace in behind which helped them, and second half they had a real go but we dug in.

“To be a successful team you need to be solid first and foremost and then build on that and get your goals.

“The season we got promoted we had that and we’re showing we’ve got that at the minute so hopefully we can build on that and take it into Saturday’s game.

“Reading are a decent team with a good squad and it’ll be a tough game. But we’re aware of that and we can go into the game with a positive mindset and hopefully get the win.

“Home form is key and then going away it is key to be solid and try to get points that way. We want to keep it strong as it’s been good for the last couple of years.”

Competition within the Clarets squad is now rife, with a number of midfielders vying for a starting role.

The vastly-experienced Matt Taylor has made an impact off the bench on numerous occasions, while Joey Barton and Dean Marney edge closer to first-team action.

But Kightly, who also tasted promotion with Wolves in 2009, believes that can only be a positive thing as the unrelenting Sky Bet Championship season begins to gather pace.

“There is competition all over the team. I feel I’ve been doing ok but I’d like to chip in with a few goals.

“I haven’t had too many chances aside from the one at Ipswich where I hit the post but I’ve been getting a fair few crosses in and I want to feed the strikers as well as contributing myself.

“As a right-footed player on the left I like to go down the byline and get balls in with my left, as well as sometimes drifting inside to keep the full-back guessing.

“A goal for Vokesy showed that against MK Dons and hopefully there are more to come.”

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