Matt Lowton believes the Clarets can continue to mix it with the big boys after marking manager Sean Dyche’s anniversary in winning style.
Dyche clocked up five years as Burnley boss with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.
The Clarets’ second home win of the campaign lifted Dyche’s men up to seventh place in the Premier League – level on points with Liverpool and just three behind Chelsea and Arsenal.
And Lowton is determined to prove Burnley aren’t out of place in the higher reaches of the top division.
“The gaffer has done a great job since he’s been here,” said the defender, who reached his own personal milestone with a 200th-career league start.
“Everybody knows that and it’s up to us as players to keep going and get the results as a team and a squad.
“The whole staff – everyone is in it together, so it was nice to get a win.
“After 10 games we would have taken that. It’s been a fantastic start. We’ve given ourselves a great platform to move on throughout the season.
“We keep picking up points and there’s no reason why we can’t stay in the top half.”
The Clarets have lost just twice in their opening 10 matches and are now unbeaten in four games at Turf Moor as they look to replicate last season’s phenomenal home record.
Lowton and his defensive colleagues have conceded just two goals at home so far and after shutting out the Geordies to secure a third clean sheet in four games at Turf Moor, the full-back praised the collective effort which is making it so hard for teams to win at Burnley.
Lowton – who put in another rock-solid performance – told Clarets Player HD: “We defended as a team very well. Barnesy put himself about up front brilliantly, which ultimately stops everything at source.
“And the back five defended well. Ben and Tarky heading everything as they do, me and Wardy stopping crosses and we worked hard for each other and had each other’s back throughout and we got the clean sheet, which was massive for us.
“It was a whole team performance. We had to grind it out but it’s what we do.
“We keep working hard and find a way to win a game and it’s another massive three points for us and we move up the table again.
“Our home form was key last year and it’s going to be key again this year.
“It’s a good win and we need to start that momentum again and make it a tough place to come this season and put that fear into teams before the game starts.”