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Westwood: 'We Keep Going'

1 May 2017

Ashley Westwood is determined to see the Clarets finish the job after helping them get within touching distance of Premier League safety.

Burnley’s magnificent 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, combined with Swansea City’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United a day later, means victory over West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor next weekend will guarantee Sean Dyche’s side top-flight status again next season.

The gap above the bottom three currently stands at seven points, with the Clarets just two points away from ninth spot following a first away win of the campaign at Selhurst Park.

And with three games remaining, Westwood wants to make sure there is still more to come to make it mission accomplished. 

The midfielder said: “The away win was nice. We have said it’s a big relief. 

“The gaffer has said ‘you never know in this league’ and we keep going next week and we rack as many points on the board as we can, but Saturday was a massive win.

“We have made a real statement and that’s what we wanted to do.

“We have put ourselves in a great position. We want to get as many points on the board as we can. We want to make history here.”

Westwood returned to frontline duty for the first time since the Clarets drew 1-1 at Hull City – who are now five points and three places behind Burnley in 17th spot – at the end of February, and made only his third Premier League start for the club since his January signing from Aston Villa.

And the 27-year-old was key to Burnley’s outstanding success at Palace as a driving force in the middle of the pitch, helping shield the Clarets’ back four and keeping Dyche’s men moving forward with his neat use of the ball.

“It shows what we are all about. We are all about the grit. We work together, we’re strong and we defended well,” added Westwood, who had a hand in the opening goal from Ashley Barnes before Andre Gray’s late strike made the points safe.

“The back four were tremendous, the two lads up top, everyone, right through the team were outstanding today. We are a strong bunch of lads.

“Heats made one tremendous save in the second half but I don’t really remember them opening us up. I thought we were excellent.”

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