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Lowton's Out To Send Positive Message

6 April 2017

Matt Lowton aims to leave the bottom three further behind and prove again that Burnley is a club going places with a win at struggling Middlesbrough.

The Clarets head to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday with a seven-point gap over the relegation places and 12 points ahead of struggling Boro, who are second bottom of the table after going 13 league games without a win.
A first away success of the campaign for Sean Dyche’s men would therefore open up even further daylight and get them within touching distance of their initial target of Premier League safety.

“Psychologically it would me massive for us and damning for them for their safety hopes,” said Lowton.

“It wouldn’t be mathematically done, but it would put a big foot down onto the bottom three if we could get another three points on Saturday.

“They are always tough away games, wherever you go in this league.

“But we will go there full of confidence and hopefully get the three points.

“They will be fighting for their lives. They need the points but we will be up for it, as always, and hopefully it’s the first away win.”

Andre Gray scored the winner as Burnley beat Middlesbrough at Christmas

The Clarets got themselves moving again with rock-solid 1-0 win over Stoke City at Turf Moor on Tuesday night – their first victory in eight league games.

Completing the double over Boro following a 1-0 Boxing Day home win could take Burnley up to ninth place in the table by Saturday night.

And Lowton, who helped secure a second clean sheet in three games in mid-week, believes Dyche’s developing side can lay down a marker with a big finish to the season.

The in-form defender added: “It was a big win. Every point at this stage of the season is crucial, so to get three was big for us.

“The other results went for us so it made the win on Tuesday even more important. 

“It puts a nice gap between us and the bottom three but we’re closer to ninth at the minute, so as a team we are finishing as high as we can.

“We have put ourselves in a great position with seven games to go and if we can finish around that mid-table area it sends out a message to everyone else that we’re here to stay.”

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