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Barton: Let's Keep Kicking On

23 January 2016

Joey Barton feels the Clarets are starting to hit form at the right time ahead of the visit of Derby County on Monday.

Burnley go into the game against the Rams having registered three impressive away wins in the space of a week against Middlesbrough, MK Dons and Brentford.

And Barton, who netted in back to back league games for the first time since 2005 with his free-kick against Brentford, is happy with the response to a mixed December.

He said: “It was what looked on paper a really tough run of fixtures and I think this month is going to be a difficult one just because of the proximity of the teams we play to us in the league.

“We’ve made a great start with three away wins. Middlesbrough is never an easy place to go and then we backed it up with a comprehensive win at MK Dons and Brentford.

“We had to get back on track, I think by our standards it wasn’t an acceptable December period so the lads were keen to make a fresh start in the New Year and that’s what we have managed to do."

Reflecting on his goal contributions, he added: “I’ve just found out now about that. I think Sky did mention it after the Brentford game but I’m just happy to chip in as I think we need to contribute more goals as a
team, in the last few weeks we’ve done so.

“Andre has obviously scored a hat load of goals and in any successful campaign you need everybody to weigh in with their fair share.

“Hopefully I can break that record and score three in a row for the first time in my career.”

Just one point separates the Clarets and Derby going into the televised Sky Sports clash at Turf Moor.

The Rams will be looking to bounce back after they suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City last time out.

But Barton feels that the game presents an opportunity for the Clarets to improve their results against their immediate promotion rivals and continue their good form.

“They’re a strong side who have knocked on the door a couple of times in previous years and obviously we beat them in the Play-Off final at QPR that year and they were probably very disappointed not to go up

“Last year they were everyone’s favourites for a long period of time and then fell away a little bit.

“There is a huge expectation on them again. They’ve recruited some bigger name players for this division. You thought there would be there or thereabouts and they’re going to be.

“It’s a good benchmark for us because we’ve played most of the top sides away from home and we need to improve on results against our promotion rivals. Monday is an opportunity to do just that.

“They’ve got some seasoned campaigners and there is two ways of looking at it. Either they come and they’re a wounded animal and they respond or it’s a case of we become a very difficult game for them.

“You probably wouldn’t want to come to Turf Moor on a Monday night live on Sky and play Burnley with the form we’re in.

“We’ve just got to focus on us and what we’re about. We know if we’re at where we need to be, we’re a match for anyone in this division as we’ve proven.”

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