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Long: We Want Our Own History

Clarets' defender determined to keep aiming high as he faces up to City test

2 February 2018

Kevin Long says the Clarets want to make their own history as they prepare to face a Manchester City side looking to write themselves into the record books.

Pep Guardiola’s side are on course to win the Premier League as part of a possible unprecedented quadruple as they head to Turf Moor for Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off (12.30) with a 15-point lead at the top of the table.

But Burnley will look to apply the brakes by ending their eight-match winless streak in the league and a three-match losing run at Turf Moor from a testing schedule against Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.

And with Sean Dyche’s still in seventh place in the table, a first top-10 finish since 1975 remains a target for Long and his team-mates.

“There are a few people going on about how long we’ve gone without a win now,” said the Clarets’ centre-back, who slotted smoothly back into the starting line-up to help the Clarets pick up a vital mid-week point at Newcastle.

“But we’ve played a lot of the top teams. You’ve got to play them and that’s what we’re here for.

Kevin Long has started 10 times for the Clarets so far this season

“But we’ve had a lot of big performances in those games as well and could, arguably, have had a few results.

“Hopefully tomorrow, if we’re at our best, we can get a result.

“We had a meeting last week and we are all eager to kick on and stay as high as we can.

“We don’t want the season to just fade out to nothing and we’re safe, if that’s the case.

“We want to kick on and see how high we can get and keep creating history of the club.”

Burnley were beaten 4-1 by City in a third-round FA Cup tie last month as Guardiola’s men stayed on course for a treble of domestic trophies.

But the Clarets had led at half-time and looked capable of pulling off a shock before two goals in as many minutes took the tie from their grasp.

And Long knows Burnley will have to stayed switched on through-out as they look to become the only side after Liverpool and Shakhtar Donestk - in a dead Champions League rubber – to beat City this season.

The Ireland international added: “I think for 60 minutes in that game we played quite well and it looked like we could have got something.

“But you know with Man City and they players they’ve got they can turn it on any time and they can punish you.

“That’s what happened in the FA Cup, so we’ve got to stay concentrating at all times and hopefully if we are at our best we can get something out of the game.

“That’s what we’re in the Premier League for, to play against the best players in the world and playing against Man City at this moment in time they are, arguably one of the best teams in the world.

“We will all look forward to it. I think if we are at our best and can contain them, the longer the game goes on we will have our chances as well and I’m sure we can hurt them.”

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