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Cork: 'We Won't Let It Affect Us'

Clarets looking to bounce back from 3-0 loss to Tottenham

23 December 2017

Jack Cork insists the Clarets will not let a heaviest home defeat of the season take the gloss off an outstanding first half of the campaign as they look to bounce back at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

A Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham won 3-0 at Turf Moor thanks to a hat-trick from the England captain.

Kane struck early from the penalty spot after Dele Alli had gone to ground and then added two more after the break as the Clarets were second best.

The result lifted Spurs above Burnley into fifth place in the Premier League, but at the half-way point of the campaign, Sean Dyche’s men are only two points worse off in seventh spot – their highest league position at Christmas since 1973.

“It was a tough night for us from the start. They pressed us and made it difficult,” admitted Cork.

“I’ve not seen the decision for the penalty or the tackle (by Alli on Charlie Taylor), so I can’t comment on that but the goals he (Kane) scored were top quality and taken well.

“We’ve had a great season so far. We’re going to have one or two nights like that and hopefully we can get over it quickly.

“We had the same result at Manchester City really earlier in the season and that didn’t stop us.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we have been doing and not let it affect us.”

The Clarets were also beaten 3-0 at City but after each of their previous four defeats this season have bounced back with a win.

And Cork believes the disappointment felt around Turf Moor at a third home defeat reflects the progress made by Sean Dyche’s side.

He added: “Everyone’s disappointed with today. We could have done a lot more. But you’re not going to play well every game and we just have to get over it quickly and move into the next one.

“It shows how far we’ve come to see how disappointed we are with the result and how we’ve played.

“We have done so well this season and how the expectations are changing, to be in a position like this and to come into the game with a lot of hope and a lot of optimism.

“To come away like we have done, to be disappointed with the way we have played and the result is a good thing. It shows we are moving forward.”

The fixture list doesn’t get any easier for Burnley with a Boxing Day trip to Manchester United to come.

But Cork is already anticipating a visit to Old Trafford to take on the side second in the table.

“It’s a great stadium and a great club and we should enjoy going there and playing there,” he said.

“It’s why everyone wants to be in the Premier League, going to grounds like that, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t go there and be confident and be looking forward to it.”

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