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Pope: These Are Exciting Times

Clarets keeper aiming for a big finish to cap outstanding season

15 April 2018

Nick Pope is ‘enjoying the ride’ and doesn’t want it to stop as he looks to help the Clarets close-out a top-seven finish in the Premier League.

Pope produced another goalkeeping master-class to earn the man-of-the-match plaudits as Burnley beat Leicester City 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday to make it five successive Premier League wins.

The victory in Burnley’s first home game for six weeks took them nine points clear of the eighth-placed Foxes.

And with seventh spot possibly leading to a place in next season’s Europa League, Pope admits these are exciting times all round.

“To be a player and a fan,” said the Clarets’ keeper. “We are coming into work into the training ground and into match-days with a spring in our step.

“We are enjoying the ride it’s been so far this season and we’ve also got on our eye on taking this opportunity that’s presented itself.

“We’re up to 52 points which is a great season. If you’d said at the start that we’d get 52 you’d have said ‘yeah we’ll take that’.

“But now we’re here it’s an opportunity to set a record total for Burnley and that’s what we want to do.”

The Clarets have long since passed their previous best Premier League tally of 40 points and are intent on setting the bar high as Sean Dyche’s side – just two points behind sixth-placed Arsenal ahead of Thursday night’s visit of champions Chelsea - aims to deliver the club’s highest league placing since a sixth-place finish in 1974.

And the prospect of a place in European competition is another incentive driving the players on.

“We are in a good position,” added Pope. “We wouldn’t take anyone else’s position over ours in respect of finishing outside the top six.

“(But) the season is not over yet. There are a lot of games to go and lot of points to play for so we can’t take our foot off the gas.

“We’ve got to take every game one at a time until it’s mathematically impossible for anyone to catch us.”

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