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Togetherness Gets Us Through - Pope

17 December 2017

Nick Pope believes Burnley’s ability to keep producing points when not at their best is another key part of the Clarets’ Premier League progress.

A run of six wins and a draw from nine games has propelled Sean Dyche’s men into the top six going into the Christmas programme.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Brighton means only Manchester City and Chelsea have taken more points away from home in the top flight this season.

The Clarets were under the pump in the first half at the Amex Stadium but again dug in to keep Brighton at bay before bossing the second half.

And Pope says the ability not to go under when the pressure is on has been vital in keeping the results coming.

The Clarets’ keeper said: “In those times it’s key to keep a clean sheet and to stay in the game is a massive thing.

“If you go two goals down and you’ve gone through a tricky period, the game’s nearly gone, so for us that’s a great quality – the togetherness.

“We stuck together in that first half and dug deep to get to half-time and I think that was key for us.

“It’s a great trait to have. We’ve got to rise the bar of the minimum and that’s what we are trying to do.

“That minimum level required week-in, week-out gives you the chance to get points on the board and that’s what we’ve done well so far this season, especially on Tuesday night and again today.”

Saturday’s draw on the south coast followed back-to-back home wins against Watford last Saturday and Stoke City in mid-week.

And Glenn Murray’s missed penalty for the Seagulls and another superb defensive performance made it a hat-trick of clean sheets – and nine in total this season – for Pope, who has gone 354 minutes without conceding a goal.

“I thought it was tough for us today, so I think a point was a good result,” he added.

“And three clean sheets and seven points in this week is a great return.

“Any team in the league would take that, so it’s a great return for us and happy days so far.

“It’s been nice. The lads in front of me have been superb to help me along with that.

“It’s something goalkeepers look for – clean sheets. So, to have the number we’ve got so far has been great.”

The Clarets now build up to a busy holiday programme of four games in 10 days starting with next Saturday’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur to Turf Moor.

And Saturday’s results, with Spurs losing 4-1 at Manchester City, means Burnley will be above last season’s Premier League runners-up when the Londoners come to town for a televised tea-time kick-off.

“It’s great for the fans to enjoy and everyone to look at – the Premier League table at the moment, and long may that continue,” said Pope.

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