Jack Cork hailed the Clarets’ never-say-die spirit and the backing of their fans after he led Burnley to another away-day special.
Cork was given the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Ben Mee and with Tom Heaton continuing his comeback with a place on the bench.
And his third goal of the season capped a thrilling fightback as Sean Dyche’s battlers scored twice in three minutes to win 2-1 at Watford and make it another perfect day for the Clarets’ travelling fans – who have now enjoyed three successive victories on the road.
“It was a tough game. They had a lot of the ball, but it shows what this team’s all about,” said Cork, who led by example alongside the on-song Ashley Westwood.
“We have been consistent all season, we’ve stuck at it and we’re a team that never gives up.
“We feel confident and we feel good. It’s great when you have the fans (behind you). You could feel in the warm-up how up for it they were and it really does make a difference.
“I was trying to get close to them, but the lads kept me pulling me back. But it was nice to score in front of them.
“Three away wins in a row is a great achievement and four in a row is even better at this stage of the season, especially after what happened mid-way through the season when we struggled to get a win for a while.”
The Clarets went 11 games without a win before they broke the spell with a 2-1 victory over Everton a month ago.
Since then they have racked up three successive away wins for the first time as a top-flight club since 1973 to go six points clear in seventh place in the table.
And for the second time in four games Dyche’s side came from behind to secure victory thanks to a quick-fire strike from substitute Sam Vokes and Cork’s third headed goal of the season – even if the midfield man wasn’t sure he’d bagged the winner.
Cork – whose effort was only confirmed by the use of goalline technology – told Clarets Player HD: “It’s fantastic for Vokesy, who’s been patient this season.
"He’s scored goals and been unlucky not to be in the team and to come on and score with your first touch is great, so I’m really pleased for him.
“I only found out when I came in it (the second goal) was mine, really. I headed it and thought it was over and then when he hadn’t blown the whistle I then assumed it was Barnesy’s overhead kick that had done it.
“There was a bit of confusion, but it was nice to get a goal. It’s been a while since the last one against Swansea.
“I was happy with that and just happy that we turned it around because there were times when they looked quite a good side and we stuck at it.”