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History Makers 'Do What It Takes'

Phil Bardsley on keeping it clean as miserly Clarets set new record

18 December 2017

Phil Bardsley says the Clarets will do whatever it takes to keep building on a new club record.

Sean Dyche’s men went into the history books at Brighton last Saturday as another clean sheet means they have conceded only 12 Premier League goals so far this season.

No Burnley side has ever conceded so few at this stage of a top-flight campaign, with 13 the previous mark from the 1947/48 season.

And Bardsley more than played his part with another rock-solid performance at right-back – highlighted by an incredible goalline clearance to keep out a first-half Lewis Dunk header at the Amex Stadium.

“It took me by surprise and it was just a reaction. That’s what we do to keep clean sheets,” Bardsley told Clarets Player HD.

“We defend wherever we need to be on the pitch and fortunately for me I was on the line and I was able to steer it clear.”

The 0-0 draw at Brighton kept the Clarets in the top six and no side in the Premier League has conceded fewer goals this season after goalkeeper Nick Pope racked up a ninth clean sheet of the campaign and third in a row.

“Three in a week is unheard of in the Premier League, there are that many goals go in,” added Bardsley.

“It’s credit to all the lads, not just the goalkeeper and the back four.

“We defend as a unit and hopefully we can keep progressing and keeping more clean sheets.

“It was a tough week with three games.

“We have another tough one at the weekend and over the Christmas period the games come thick and fast.

“But we know where we want to be and if we keep progressing and working hard for each other we will get there.”

The Clarets face Tottenham at Turf Moor on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) and then go to Manchester United on Boxing Day for a likely reunion for Bardsley, who has started the last five games.

“I enjoy playing football, first and foremost. Keeping clean sheets and winning football matches is what it’s all about,” he said.


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