George Boyd is determined to keep proving the doubters wrong by helping the Clarets to Premier League safety sooner rather than later.
Burnley were many pundits’ picks for an instant return to the Championship following last season’s title success.
Sean Dyche’s men have so far defied those predictions and Boyd plans to keep it that way, with the Clarets looking to get back the winning habit against Stoke City at Turf Moor tonight.
“We are only looking up. We are two points from 10th so it’s important to get the points on the board quickly and get our safety secured,” said Boyd.
“We were relegation certainties to go down – bottom of the league – so what we have done and the way we have played we have got a lot of plaudits for it and, I think, deservedly so.
“They (the critics) are going to try and get us sucked into this relegation fight but as a team and everyone in this building we are only looking up, and if we can get a mid-table finish that will be great for us.
“We have got a much better squad than last time in the Premier League. It’s been a success this season, but it’s not done yet.
“As soon as we get that secured, the Premier League survival, we can build on it and keep building as a club, because on and off the field it’s going places.”
The Clarets have gone seven league games without a win to slip to 15th place in the table.
But victory over a Stoke side which has won just two of its last nine league games would lift Burnley to within a point of the ninth-placed Potters.
And while the Clarets have failed to score in their last two matches Boyd is confident Dyche’s men – who had found the net in their previous 12 league games - can hit the goal trail again at Turf Moor as they seek a first success since the end of January.
“It’s been unlike us. We’ve not really done that all season,” he added.
“We’ve got a few good games coming up where we feel we can score goals.
“The strikers have been scoring regularly all season, so it’s not something we’re worried about.
“Night games are really special at Turf and this is one we’re looking to get three points from.”