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Heaton: More Business-Like This Time Around

3 May 2016

Club captain Tom Heaton says the promotion this time around feels ‘even better’ than in 2014.

The England international stopper led the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt, keeping 19 clean sheets in the process.

And after savouring success at Turf Moor again, he paid tribute to the manager and his staff for another job well done.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling and it’s different to the first time. The first time was more emotional and we were going on momentum but this one was more business-like.

“The expectancy was there and the games have been much tighter and the circumstances tougher.

“We had a lot of tough challenges to face and we met them head on so it probably pips the last one for me.”

“Making the Premier League was the main aim and it’s a long hard road. We’ve stood up to the test and a lot of credit goes to the manager and his staff because they set the stall out and we follow.

Special scenes on the pitch ensued at full-time after Sam Vokes’ header sealed the deal and Heaton shared a special moment with Goalkeeping Coach Billy Mercer, who he wanted to thank for his efforts.

Heaton added: “Bill has been here since I first signed and he brought me into the club with the manager. I’ve worked with him day in, day out and he’s been a massive part of what I’ve done here.

“More importantly he feeds that desire to make me better and keep trying to push things so I’m so grateful for him and thankful for all his work this season.”

The alignment throughout the club was also on display again as the team were mobbed by supporters and the skipper hailed a unique, close bond between the squad and the Clarets fans.

“It’s unique in terms of football clubs these days because you don’t often get that bond and closeness but everyone here has a good feel for what we do.

“The principles we play by are giving everything for this shirt. If I was supporting a club like I do, when you see that you can get behind it win, lose or draw.

“Long may that continue.”

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