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Barton: That's The Benchmark

13 January 2016

Joey Barton believes Burnley have now laid down a marker as they look to take their promotion push up a gear.

The Clarets midfielder lit the blue touchpaper with his first goal in Burnley colours in the comprehensive five-goal dismantling of MK Dons on Tuesday night.

And as Burnley prepare for a third road trip in a week, away at Brentford on Friday night, Barton insists the bar has now been set in terms of performances.

He told Clarets Player: “We were a little bit disappointed coming in at half time 1-0 up. We certainly could have contributed a lot more, but I think we went out in the second half and showed a lot about what we are about as a team and that’s the standard now.

“The benchmark has been set and we will probably have a lot tougher games in the coming months than last night, but that gives you a little bit of momentum into what will be a really challenging month.

The Clarets’ fourth away win of the league campaign took them above Brighton into fourth place in the Championship table, four points behind second placed Derby County.

And Barton insists the next game can’t come quick enough as Burnley look to end a profitable week in league and cup with another positive result.

He said: “Everyone will have expected a team that has ambitions of getting promoted to come to MK and win, although they can be a difficult side to play against at times.

“But it’s only three more points and we mustn’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

“We have another very tough game at Brentford, so now we have to get ourselves in the right mindset to go and take another three points.

“It’s a relentless division, but when you are playing the way we are and finishing the way we did on Tuesday, you want the games to come thick and fast, so it’s a real positive and we can’t wait for Friday night now.”

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