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Heaton: There's Still Work To Be Done

16 March 2017

Tom Heaton insists confidence in the Clarets' camp remains un-dented as he eyes a big finish to the season.

Burnley haven't won in five Premier League games but have picked up a couple of points in that run to sit 12th in the table.

The cushion above the bottom three remains seven points, while no-one in the bottom half of the table has a better goal difference than Sean Dyche's men.

And captain Heaton isn't content just to limp towards the finishing line as the campaign enters its final 10 matches.

"We've put ourselves in a good position but there's a long way to go," said the Burnley number-one, who has again been named in England's squad for their up-coming douible-header against Germany and Lithuania.

"There are 10 games left and it's important we go and kick on from here.

"There's no patting anyone on the back here. There's a lot of work still to be done and we are embracing the journey. We want to see where we can go.

"There's no resting on any laurels or anything like that. We are trying to step on and keep moving up that table."

The Clarets go to bottom club Sunderland on Saturday to face a side that has won just once since mid-December.

The trip north offers another chance to complete a win double after the Black Cats were put to the sword at Turf Moor on New Year's Eve with a 4-1 defeat.

And Heaton is also eyeing the opportunity to finally break the Clarets' away-day duck.

"Obviously we are trying to get that win away from home," he added.

"But the performances have been much better of late. We have probably been on the wrong side of a few fine margins but there's certainly no loss of belief or confidence at all. We are going about it the right way.

"We have a lot of confidence that if we keep putting performances in and keep nudging those forward then a result is just around the corner. Hopefully it will be this weekend."

Boss Sean Dyche described a return to first-team duty for midfielder Steven Defour - who played for 70 minutes in a training ground friendly on Tuesday -  as 'touch and go'.

But he has counted out winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who is still to recover from a knee medical ligament injury.

"It's not settled down as quickly as we'd hoped," said Dyche. "But he has seen a specialist and he's not worried about it.

"You want strength in depth. We miss the fact they're not in the training group, we miss the fact they're not there, whether they're starting or coming from the bench to add to the quality of the team, so that's the bigger picture of it."

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