Sean Dyche insists his players are ready to fight tooth and nail for promotion in the final five games of the season.
The Clarets have their destiny in their own hands with a handful of challenges remaining, knowing that victories will render their rivals’ results meaningless.
And the Burnley boss insists his squad will remain fully focused on the task at hand, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Birmingham City.
Dyche said: “Nothing comes easy in football. You have to fight for the right for everything you get and we certainly haven’t been given the position we’re in on a plate.
“Equally, you don’t define your season by everyone else’s. We have to stay focused on what we do and we’ve done that well all season.
“It’s not too long ago, at Christmas, that people were questioning whether we would be play-off contenders or not.
“Then we got into the play-offs and they wondered if we could challenge. Now we are challenging and there are still questions. That’s how football is.
“We ask our own questions, but we are up there for a reason and we are challenging for a reason, so whatever happens to the other teams it still comes down to what we do and we are going to have to deliver everything we can in the coming games.
“There’s a good demand from inside the camp here. We know where we are going and what we want to achieve and there is a clarity about what we have to do to go and get that.”
Experience is something the Clarets have in abundance, as they seek a second promotion in three years.
Seventeen members of the current Clarets’ squad have earned their stripes in Championship promotion winning sides, many at other clubs.
Dyche added: “Experience gives you a helping hand and this is something that’s not new to many of the squad.
“A lot of them have been down the road before and that’s an added tool in the box to help you on your way.
“We’ve been down this road before and we know what we were looking for and expecting this season, and we’re right on plan!”
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