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Heaton: Mentality Is Stronger Than Ever

21 April 2016

Club captain Tom Heaton has hailed the Clarets strong mentality ahead of tomorrow night's Lancashire derby against Preston North End.

Burnley are looking to register a 21st game unbeaten at Deepdale in front of the Sky cameras, after rescuing a point against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

The spirit amongst the squad was evident again when passionately celebrating that late equaliser from Michael Keane in the top of the table clash at Turf Moor.



And Heaton feels that the culture which has been in place since he arrived from Bristol City in 2013 is growing even stronger as the edge towards an instant return to the Premier League.

He said: “The feeling around the group is very good and there is a lot of excitement. It was important and you saw the feeling that poured out.

“We’re 20 unbeaten and that doesn’t guarantee anything but we’ll go into the next game looking to do the same and put in the processes that will get us the right result.

“The culture has been in place since I've been here but I think that spirit is building and getting stronger and stronger. The gaffer has mentioned it numerous times that we’ve got a strong jaw when we go behind or things don’t go our way.

“We may have to draw upon that again at some stage and we’ll make sure we do.”

The three teams at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship continue to jostle for position, with only a superior goal difference between Sean Dyche's men in second and Brighton in third.

But Heaton has reiterated that while the players are more than aware of the situation, the focus has to remain on themselves in such a crucial juncture of the season.

He said: “We’re all looking forward to it because it’s another big game. Three in six or seven days is always good and obviously we’re looking to win.

“Nobody is oblivious to the situation but the focus has to remain on what we’re about. We had the toughest test of that was against Birmingham which we came through with flying colours in how we handled it.

“We’ll respect Preston but the focus is solely on us. We can hopefully draw on the experience of the squad, a lot of which has been promoted.

“There are no guarantees and you keep having to work every day to get the right results. There may be bumps in the road but we’ll keep going and see where it takes us.”


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