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Cork: 'We've Got To Keep Pushing'

Midfield man ready to set new targets to build on bumper run

15 December 2017

Jack Cork says the Clarets will keep setting themselves new targets as they look to build on their remarkable start to the season.

Burnley reached 31 points by beating Stoke City 1-0 on Tuesday night in their 17th Premier League game of the campaign.

Victory at Brighton on Saturday would make it a best return at this stage of a top-flight season since 1965, when Harry Potts’ side went on to finish third in the First Division, level on points with second-placed Leeds United.

And Cork wants Sean Dyche’s current crop of Clarets to keep pushing on as they head to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday in search of a seventh win in nine games.

The midfielder – who has led the team to successive victories as stand-in captain in the absence of the injured Ben Mee – said: “I said a few weeks ago if we could get 30 points by Christmas it would be perfect and set us up for the next half of the year and we could set some new targets.

“To reach 30 points with a few games left in the year is great.

“The next target is now 40 points and when we reach that we will try and set more targets from there and try and progress even more.

“There’s no point saying ‘we’ve reached 40 now. We might as well have three months off until the summer’.

“We’ve got to keep pushing and see how far we can go. We’ve had a great start, it would be a shame if we then decided to give it up.

“Now we’re getting to a point where we could be safe, we need to try and push ourselves on and see how far we can go.”

The Clarets briefly hit the Premier League’s top four in mid-week as Ashley Barnes’ late goal against Stoke made it four wins in the last five games at Turf Moor, before goal difference pushed Dyche's side down to sixth place after the latest round of fixtures was completed.

That’s still a European qualification slot, but Cork insists no-one on the playing staff will get ahead of themselves, or deviate from the methods that are proving so successful.

The England international added: “It’s nice to have those dreams and believe those sort of things.

“But I’ve been in a team before where we got carried away and started talking above our station and it’s come crashing down.

“We just need to keep the same principles and beliefs that have got us this far and work hard and keep doing the things the manager believes in and we believe in.

“We can’t get carried away. We need to keep doing the basics and what this team’s good at.”

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