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Matt Lowton wants Burnley back in Europe as Clarets aim to keep run going

12 April 2018

Matt Lowton hopes he and his team-mates can bring European football back to Burnley for the first time in over 50 years.

The Clarets have twice before had European campaigns – reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1961 and the last eight of the Inter-Cities Fair Cup six years later.

Such occasions have seemed a long way away in many of the years since.

But Sean Dyche’s in-form squad has revived hopes of a European return by taking a grip of seventh place in the Premier League – which could be enough to earn a slot in next season’s Europa League.

And Lowton wants to deliver that for the team and the town.

The Clarets’ full-back said: “When we started as well as we did it was in the background and now we’re getting towards the end of the season it’s becoming a bit more realistic, so it’s definitely an aim of ours.

“We’ve had a lot of wins recently and hopefully we can keep those going.

“We go out into schools and on different visits and you can tell the whole town is buzzing for how it’s going.

“When you are walking towards the away end at the end of games you can see everyone is delighted and it’s great for the community.

“To go into Europe to watch the team might be a once in a lifetime opportunity for some fans. It’s been a long time since they’ve done it, so it would be great for them and we are looking to do it, not just for ourselves but for them as well.

“We have got six tough games coming up and if we can get as many wins as we can, you never know.

“I know it’s been a while since Burnley have been in European football so it would be great for us to get back there.

“It’s what you want to do as a young footballer. You want to play in the Premier League and you want to play in European football.

"It would be great for the lads and great for the club, so we need to keep working and hopefully get there.”

It appears that unless struggling Southampton win the FA Cup, seventh place in the league would lead to a place in the Europa League next season.

The Clarets are currently six points ahead of Leicester in that position and face the Foxes at Turf Moor on Saturday, when Dyche’s side will be looking for a fifth successive win to widen the gap further.

“It’s going to be a big game. They are right behind us in the table, so for us to put a bit more breathing space between us and them would be huge,” added Lowton.

“It’s going to be a difficult game. We know how good Leicester are and the players they’ve got, but we will be going into it full of confidence on a great run and hopefully we can get the points.”

 


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