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Cork Hails Clarets' Collective

Turf Moor a 'good place to be' says acting skipper

23 April 2018

Jack Cork has praised the collective spirit on and off the pitch as Clarets chase a place in Europe.

Sean Dyche’s men are nine points clear in seventh place in the Premier League with three games to go after hitting back to draw 1-1 at Stoke City on Sunday.

Cork is taking nothing for granted as Burnley look to hold off the chasing pack and book a place in next season’s Europa League.

But he couldn’t be happier with how things are going at Turf Moor with everyone pulling in the same direction.

“It is a really good place to be,” said the Clarets’ acting captain.

“Everyone works hard all the time, there are no complications and there is not one who slacks off.

“We know what we are about and we know what we can do and I think that is what has been key for us this year.

“It is a good gap for us, nine points. We have three games left, so another couple of points should be good for us.

“We want to finish the season as well as we can do. It has been a great season, an enjoyable season, so we just want to keep going and if that (qualification) happens to be then we will be really chuffed with that.”

Cork believes the fans have also played a big part in the Clarets’ progress this season as they look forward to returning to Turf Moor to face Brighton on Saturday.

“Being back at home, we know it can always be a little bit of an advantage,” added Cork, who extended his ever-present record with a superb performance at Stoke.

“So we can use that, and especially because of the way our crowd are reacting at the minute. It is a great atmosphere here.

“A home game is always great for us. You could see against Chelsea; the way the fans were it was a really good atmosphere to be in.”

The Clarets bounced back from a 2-1 defeat to deposed champions Chelsea to gain another valuable point at the Bet365 Stadium, where Ashley Barnes’ 10th goal of the season capped another fighting comeback against a Stoke side scrapping for their top-flight lives and made it just one defeat in six games on the road for Dyche’s men.

“This was one of the places a few years ago where you just wanted to have a half-decent performance and try and get something from it,” said Cork.

“For us to be disappointed coming away with a point is great for us.

“The first half - especially the first 20 minutes - they really had a good go of it and you could tell that they had a lot on the line and the crowd was really up for it.

“I think after that, they sort of dropped off a bit. We had more of the ball and created more chances to get back into the game and we could have nicked it.” 

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