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Upbeat Lowton Ready For 'Crucial' Spell

24 February 2017

Matt Lowton believes the Clarets are facing a crunch spell in their Premier League campaign.

But the defender insists the up-coming run of four successive away games offers a real opportunity to secure a first away success and take a further step towards top-flight safety.

Lowton said: "It is a crucial time. The away form hasn't been anything like we wanted.

"But we have been to some tough places and in the four that are coming up we've got some winnable games.

"We know they are going to be tough but we have been putting in better performances away from home recently so if we take that into Saturday and the forthcoming ones hopefully get some points."

The Clarets have enjoyed an outstanding league campaign so far, with Sean Dyche's side currently 12th in the top flight.

Victory at Hull City on Saturday would take Burnley to the points tally they achieved in the whole of their last stay in the Premier League two years ago.

With another dozen games to go, that would represent a fitting marker of the Clarets' progress this season.

Even though a first away win has remained elusive, Dyche's men pushed Watford all the way before losing 2-1 on their last trip.

And of their remaining eight away games, six are against clubs below the Clarets in the table with the game at Hull followed immediately by visits to Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland.

"Watford was a tough game, getting a man sent off early, but in the second half we didn't give up and showed the fight to get a goal back," added Lowton, who is likekly to return to starting duty in Burnley's back line as the Premier League swings back into action.

"We could have drawn, on another day, so the confidence is there and the lads are ready to go.

"Staying in the league has always been the biggest thing for us this season.

"We have started off really well and given ourselves a good chance and we've got another one on Saturday to put some more points on the board."

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