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High Fives For Bardo

Clarets defender welcomes new dimension to defensive options

20 December 2018

Phil Bardsley believes the Clarets have added another useful weapon to their tactical armoury as they plan another capital raid.

Burnley return to North London for the second time in eight days when they face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Sean Dyche’s men returned from Wembley empty-handed last weekend with late goal giving Tottenham a 1-0 win.

But the Clarets unveiled a new-look five-man defence which kept the title-challengers at bay until injury time.

And Bardsley – who lined up alongside three central defenders – has faith in the system working again if that’s the way Dyche plans to go against the fifth-placed Gunners.

“I enjoyed it. I thought we were compact and hard to break down,” said the Clarets’ right-back.

“We’ve got the players at our disposal to play different formations and different systems.

“If you look at the game on Saturday everyone did their job.

“No-one looked out of place in the new system and I think it worked well.

“We’ll have to see what we do this weekend, but we have something to build on.

“We can always look back at that and it’s a system we’re confident we can play.”

The Clarets continue a busy period of eight games in 33 days with the trip to Arsenal kicking off a hectic festive programme.

Burnley head south in the Premier League’s relegation places but Bardsley is looking to the holiday schedule to change the picture at the bottom of the table.

“I think the last three performances – Liverpool, Brighton and last weekend – we have built up a little bit of momentum and got back to being us,” he added.

“We know, though, we’ve got to start winning games because it’s a tough part of the season – the Christmas period.

“There are points to be had and we believe we have some fixtures coming where we can win games. But talk is cheap, it’s up to us to perform.”

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