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Non-Stop Cork Still Going Strong

Ever-present Jack Cork determined to keep pushing as he heads back to Swans

8 February 2018

Marathon man Jack Cork is still going strong.

And he expects the Clarets to keep doing the same to last the distance in the Premier League.

Cork has started every game bar one – when he came off the bench for extra-time of the Clarets’ League Cup defeat to Leeds United last September – for Burnley this season.

And the non-stop midfielder is one of only seven outfield players to have played every minute in the Premier League for their clubs this term.

That run will carry on against former club Swansea City on Saturday and Cork sees no reason for slowing down for himself, or his team-mates, as the Clarets look for a first win in 10 league games to stay in the top seven and close in on a record Premier League points’ tally for the club.

The England international, 28, said: “It was a little bit tough at Christmas time. When you start getting kicks and there are a lot games in a short space of time.

Jack Cork scored his first league goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Swansea at Turf Moor in November

“But coming back into January, when it’s Saturday to Saturday, there’s a lot of time to recover and get back to enjoying it.

“We have got a good squad of players and characters in the changing room who won’t let their standards slip.

“I know the manager and the staff would never let our standards drop.

“We know we’ve had such a great start to the season it would be such a waste to throw that away now and we just need to keep pushing towards the end of the season.

“Forty points has always been the main aim. Anything after that we will re-assess it and see what we have to try and go for from there.

“But it will always be 40 points and go from there.”

The Clarets reached that total for the first time as a Premier League side last season to finish in 16th place and six points clear of the relegation zone.

A fifth away win of the season at the Liberty Stadium would life Sean Dyche’s men up to 39 points with 11 games to go.

But despite an away record which shows just one defeat on the road since the start of December, Cork knows it won’t be easy against a club where he spent two-and-a-half seasons and where Carlos Carvalhal has instigated a remarkable recovery to lift the Welshmen out of the bottom three since taking over as manager at the turn of the year.

Cork added: “It was a great club for me. It was good the first season I went there. We had a great season and ended up finishing eighth or ninth.

“The next two were difficult seasons. We had two similar seasons to what Swansea are having now.

“We had a bad start, changes in manager, changes in staff, change in players and we managed to produce form towards the end of the season which managed to keep us up, which is exactly what’s happening to Swansea now.

“The last three games they’ve had, they’ve got seven points out of nine and six from teams in the top six, so it’s not going to be an easy game for us.

“I know from being there that when the club is in a good period like this they can get a good atmosphere and the players will be right up for it.”

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