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Tarky: Ending Winless Run 'Just A Start'

Defender aims to keep climbing as Clarets head to Wembley

14 December 2018

James Tarkowski knows the end of the Clarets’ winless run must be a platform for a move up the Premier League table.

Tarkowski got the vital goal which gave Sean Dyche’s side a 1-0 victory over Brighton last Saturday to end an eight-game wait for a win.

That was enough to lift the Clarets out of the bottom three and two points ahead of 18th-placed Huddersfield Town.

Back-to-back away games at Tottenham and Arsenal won’t make it easy to continue the momentum in the short term.

But Tarkowski believes the foundations are back in place to continue to make progress.

“We know it’s close down there right now, but there are plenty of games to play so we’re not too worried about the position we’re in right now,” said the Clarets’ defender, who is fully fit and two games into his comeback after recovering from hernia surgery.

“The end of the season is when it’s important, but to be out of it is better than to be in it.

“There are a lot of points that we still need to get on the board and a lot of performances that we need to go out and show how good we can be.

“The weekend was a start, but there’s a long way to go and a lot of points to be earned.

“We have been looking for that victory. Good performances went by when we thought we had done quite well without putting points on the board.

“So, it’s a nice little confidence boost, but more something to build on for us.

“We can’t just think our job is done after getting one win. There’s a lot more work to be done, so it’s just a nice start.”

Tottenham will face the Clarets at Wembley on the back of their qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Londoners - who face North London rivals Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the League Cup next Wednesday night - are also clinging to the coat tails of Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

But the Clarets earned a point at Wembley last season and Tarkowski is relishing Saturday's return and the chance to take on another of European football’s heavyweights.

“It’s always nice to go to the international stadium, especially when it’s as good as ours,” added centre-back, who is set to go head-to-head with Tottenham talisman and England colleague Harry Kane.

Chris Wood's late goal earned the Clarets a 1-1 draw at Tottenham last season

“But the match is more important than the location. As a player, it’s more about the results and performances we need to concentrate on.

“The top six seem to be putting a bit of a gap between them and the rest of us.

“There are obviously some good players in there who we all know. But they’re good games to go and test yourself and it’s what you want to be in the league for.

“It’s probably the best way to try and prove yourself as a footballer. You want to be at the top of your game against the best players around.

“It’s a good opportunity to go down there and show what we’re about. But also, it would be nice to get some points on the board too.”

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