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Westwood: We Will Be Ready To Go Again

22 February 2017

Ashley Westwood insists the Clarets will not suffer from an FA Cup hangover when they get back to business in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men endured a shock fifth-round exit to National League leaders Lincoln City last Saturday as Burnley’s eight-match unbeaten home run came to an unexpected end.

But Westwood is confident the result will not de-rail the Clarets from their primary objective of sustaining top-flight status.

And the January signing revealed there had been no moping around the Barnfield Training Centre when Dyche’s squad got back to work at the start of the week.

“After the training session yesterday there’s no evidence of that. The gaffer won’t let that happen to us,” said Westwood.

“We had a little talk on Monday and it was ‘concentrate fully on the Premier League.’

“That was always the aim for this club, to stay in the Premier League, and we have put ourselves in a great position.

“We are out of it at the minute and we want to be pushing up and looking above, rather than what’s below us.

“We have put ourselves in a great position, but we are not getting carried away.

“It’s another tough game against Hull on Saturday. This Premier League is the toughest in the world and for Burnley to be where they are right now is a great achievement.”

The Clarets are currently 12th in the Premier League thanks to a run of four wins and a draw from their last eight games.

They now hit the road for a run of four successive away games, starting at Hull City on Saturday.

The trip to Humberside represents another chance to record a first away win of the season and Westwood is anticipating a positive response to the cup defeat.

The midfielder added: “It was disappointing, but that happens in cup football and fair play to Lincoln. They were very good.

“The aim for this club is to stay in the Premier League. That’s the main aim.

“That’s it and we go again now to Saturday.

“We haven’t won away but I’m sure one is going to come.”

Hull, who are third from bottom of the table and 10 points behind the Clarets, return from a warm-weather training break in Portugal on Wednesday evening. 

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