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Pope Hopes For Another Turf Moor Buzz

Goalkeeper wants a repeat of electric atmosphere for visit of the Gunners

25 November 2017

Nick Pope hopes to get another buzz from the Turf Moor crowd as he looks to continue the dream start to his Premier League career.

Pope has kept six clean sheets in his first nine games in the top flight since replacing the injured Tom Heaton as the Clarets’ acting number-one.

The 25-year-old hasn’t been beaten in the last three matches as Sean Dyche’s side has racked up maximum points to sit level in the table with sixth-placed Arsenal.

The Gunners come to a sold-out Turf Moor on Sunday (kick-off 2pm) and Pope is expecting another top-notch show of support from the Clarets’ fans.

He told Clarets Player HD: “The atmosphere has been great all season. Last Saturday against Swansea it was exceptional.

“When we were pressing for a goal and then after getting one, pressing for another, it was electric in there and hopefully it will be the same again.

“I’m really enjoying playing and the team playing so well makes it much better for me – picking up points and wins.

“These are my first games in the Premier League, so to start the way we have and to come into this team at this time has been great for me.”

Only once having scored first have the Clarets not gone on to win in the league this season - Liverpool hitting back to secure a 1-1 draw at Anfield in mid-September.

Burnley have refused to buckle when they have a lead but Pope insists they will not consider it job done if they strike first against the Gunners.

He added: “Clean sheets are a big thing in any team, but I think we defend as a unit, right from the front.

“We press well, so I think it’s more than just the back four and me. It’s everyone involved, which I think is a real strength of ours.

“I think in the league in general the first goal is important, so when we do get in front it’s a great start.

“But we don’t feel like we’re finished when we go a goal in front.

“The first goal is important and we feel confident when we score first, but that’s not always the end story.”

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