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Lowton Delighted To Back And Ready For Lift-Off

Defender hopes Man City fightback can be catalyst for winning run

9 February 2018

Matt Lowton is delighted to be back in business and hopes fighting back to hold the Premier League champions-in-waiting can provide the platform for a return to the winner’s circle for the Clarets.

Sean Dyche’s men are without a victory in nine league games.

But they have shown they are still a tough nut to crack with five draws in that run.

That includes last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Turf Moor, which showed there’s little wrong with the form as Burnley head to a rejuvenated Swansea City on Saturday.

And Lowton – who made an eye-catching return to league duty after 13 games out to help inspire the comeback as a second-half substitute against the run-away league leaders – is now looking to go one better at the Liberty Stadium.

The fit-again full-back said: “It’s always frustrating when you’re not playing. Every player wants to be on the pitch and giving their all for the team.

"When you pick up an injury it’s tough, but it’s up to the player to keep fit to make sure he’s ready, fitness-wise and mentally, when he gets called upon and, thankfully, I did that.

“Bards (Phil Bardsley) came in and did a great job so it was up to me to keep training, stay on top of myself and when the chance came, as it did on Saturday, give my all and try and change the game.

“It was nice to play well and get an assist and help us get a point, so it was a good feeling at the end.

“Manchester City are a great side which is going very well this season, so to go behind and then show the character we did to stay in the game and get back into it and come away with a point helps builds a bit more confidence in the group.

“It’s been a tough run, but in house we’re all champing at the bit to turn it round and get the result we’re all looking for.

“It would be a worse case if we weren’t playing well and not getting results. We’ll keep at it, keep playing well and hopefully the results will start to pick up again soon.”

Swansea’s current run shows just one defeat in 10 games since ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal replaced Paul Clement as manager at the turn of the year.

That includes three FA Cup ties and a thumping 8-1 win over Notts County in a mid-week fourth-round replay win for the Welshmen, who will be without the injured Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer but could give a second ‘debut’ to January signing Andre Ayew on his return to the club.

More pertinently, the Swans’ revival has lifted them out of the relegation places and left them aiming for a hat-trick of home league wins against the Clarets after back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.

But of the 36 points the Clarets have earned this season to stay in the league’s top seven, 18 have come away from home.

And Lowton believes that record gives Dyche’s men every chance of slowing the Swans’ momentum.

Lowton added: “They’ve picked up recently since the new manager came in and got a lot of good results.

“They are going in the right direction, so it’s going to be a difficult game for us.

“But we know that and we’ve been to difficult places this season and got good points.

“That’s in the back of our minds, that we can go to these places and pick up results, and we’ll be taking that confidence into the weekend.

“We’ll go down there and give our all, like we do every time.”

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