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Cork: 'Let's Make Sure'

Clarets captain determined to capitalise on winning run

19 April 2018

Jack Cork is determined to see the job through as he prepares to face former club Chelsea at Turf Moor tonight.

The Clarets take on the deposed champions on the back of a remarkable five-match winning run which has lifted them nine points clear in seventh place in the Premier League.

A top-seven finish will be enough to clinch a place in next season’s Europa League – unless Southampton go on to lift the FA Cup.

And after a memorable season for Sean Dyche’s men, Cork wants to see a tangible reward at the end of it as the Clarets eye a possible return to European competition for the first time in half a century.

“It would be great for everyone at the club, the fans, the staff and the players to experience something like that and a be involved it,” said the acting captain.

Jack Cork spent more than a decade at Chelsea at the start of his career

“Now it’s really concentrating on the last few games and making sure we can really push it towards the end and make sure that position is safe and secured and then maybe look at other teams in the FA Cup to get results that we need.

“It would be a great achievement and I’m sure everyone, if we got the opportunity, would love to do it.

“We have found some great form in what’s been a great season for the club, so it’s all about not wasting what we’ve done in the last five games and making sure we try and get the points on the board.

“It’s been a great time. Everyone knows we had a sticky patch, so for us to follow it up with five wins on the bounce has really put is in great shape towards the last five games to have a real good push.”

The Clarets will go above Arsenal and into sixth place tonight if they can complete a first double over Chelsea since 1968/69 following an opening-day win at Stamford Bridge.

Staying there would take the FA Cup outcome of the equation as far as Europa League qualification is concerned.

But Cork’s immediate focus is on trying to claim another landmark victory against a Chelsea side who then face Southampton in an Cup semi-final on Sunday.

“I don’t think we’ve beaten one of the top six teams since that day,” added the ever-present midfielder who helped the Clarets win 3-2 at Stamford Bridge to light the blue touch paper for their season.

“We’ve had some good draws and points, but it would be great to follow that up with another win.

“It’s never going to be easy. Any game in the Premier League is tough and against the bigger teams these days it does seem that little bit harder.

“So for us to get the points we need to be at our best and play like we have done in recent weeks.”

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