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Corky: 'A Good Time To Reflect'

Midfielder believes break will help as Clarets look to bounce back

13 February 2018

Jack Cork hopes a change of scene can help the Clarets turn back the clock as they look to re-ignite their season.

With no fixture next weekend, Sean Dyche’s squad has de-camped to Portugal for a warm-weather training break.

The trip comes on the back of a 10-match winless run in the Premier League which has stalled the Clarets’ progress.

And Cork believes the time away provides the ideal opportunity to re-group and try and recapture the kind of form that saw Dyche’s men take 31 points from their first 17 games and hit fourth spot in the table in mid-December.

Cork said: “It will be a good time to reflect and have a look at what we are doing differently from the start of the season.

“We have to be realistic. We are still seventh in the table and still having a great season.

“We knew a bad run would come at some stage and it’s just how we deal with it and try to get back to how things were before.

“We’ll have a good trip away, with a bit of bonding and team spirit, and focus on what we’re good at.”

The Clarets flew out a couple of days after a 1-0 loss at Swansea City, where a late goal from Ki Sung-Yueng handed the Clarets a first defeat in three games.

And while Burnley were not at their best, Cork thinks a repeat of their early-season approach would not have seen them leave Wales empty-handed.   

The former Swansea midfielder added: “We have to go back to how we were at the start of the season and try and get back to how we were doing things.

“When we had games similar to that at the start of the season, we would have come away with a point or a win and we’ve got to get to that mentality of trying to concede as few goals as we can and be strong and aggressive.”

The Clarets have not been helped in their recent run by a debilitating injury list which has left Dyche without up to nine senior players at times and deprived the squad of the creative and attacking talents of Steven Defour, Robbie Brady and Chris Wood.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel on the injury front, with Dyche looking to get bodies back on the training ground in Portugal and in contention for the visit of struggling Southampton on Saturday-week.

“We are hoping some of them start training with us,” added the Burnley boss.

“We hope that before the next game the layers of the squad improve, which I think gives us a better squad dynamic.

“Breaks sometimes don’t come at a good time, but this one definitely does.

“It gives us two weeks of clarity to the work. We are going to get them away, but they will be working.”

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