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Heaton: Strong Culture Will Help Us

23 February 2016

Tom Heaton feels the desire of the squad to ‘keep moving things forward’ has been a factor in their superb recent form.

The Clarets head into tonight’s fixture against Nottingham Forest looking to go ten unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship.

And the England international stopper feels the culture at the club will stand them in good stead as they head into a crucial juncture of the campaign.

He said: “One thing that’s always present here is the constant will and demand to keep things moving forward.

“That sort of determination and desire that is set by the manager and staff, people are always looking to get better and you’ve seen it come together recently.

“As a squad there is a great culture around the place and we’re consistently producing those top level performances at the moment as well as finding different ways to win.

“Rotherham on Saturday was a different sort of game but we managed to find a way to win which is good.”

Heaton and a water-tight defence are also looking to clock up a fourth successive league clean sheet, a feat last achieved between March and April 2007.

The 29-year-old, who kept 19 clean sheets in the 2013/14 promotion season, says that will provide a good foundation against a Nottingham Forest side who are unbeaten in their last six away from home.

“I said earlier in the season we were a touch unlucky not to have a few more and thankfully they seem to have come all in one go as late.

“We certainly try and do things properly defensively as a team. I say it often but it gives you a great foundation in any game and we’ve done that and been rewarded.

“It was a really good game down there and a tough game so we’re fully aware what they’re capable of as they’ve got a lot of good players.

“We’re in a good place at the minute. We’ll give them the respect they’re due but as ever the focus will be on us and how we go about it.

“We need to make sure we do our jobs properly and there are no guarantees but hopefully it’ll bring the right result.”

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