Joey Barton says the Clarets unbeaten run will count for nothing if they don’t achieve promotion to the Premier League this season.
His early free-kick was enough for a 1-0 victory against Preston North End on Friday night in front of 5,630 away fans.
The combative midfielder’s thirst for success was in evidence yet again as Sean Dyche’s men put destiny in their own hands with two games to play and went 21 unbeaten.
He said: “They’re all big at this stage with the focus on where we want to be in two more games time.
“It was important we took maximum points and I think 1-0 flattered them a bit because we played some great football at times.
“You’re always thinking if you don’t kill a team off they’ve got a chance and in the last 10 minutes we had to hang in there but that’s what we do.
“The gaffer always talks about the game not owing you anything and it being one game at a time.
“Whilst it’s a fantastic record and a credit to the playing staff and everyone involved with the first-team, it’s pointless if we don’t finish the job.”
Queens Park Rangers are the next team up at Turf Moor as the Clarets look to extend their lead at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.
And Barton is hoping for another atmosphere to savour at home to help the players over the line to another crucial win.
“We’ve got two games to go and we’ve just got to focus on QPR now at Turf Moor. Hopefully we can get a similar atmosphere to the game against Middlesbrough and go and do the business.”