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Nothing Comes Easy - Pope

Clarets keeper says Premier League can test anyone

15 January 2018

Nick Pope admits nothing comes easy in the Premier League as the Clarets battle to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at re-vitalised Crystal Palace stretched Burnley’s winless run to six league games.

But three draws in a demanding sequence of games – which has included fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham – has kept adding to the points’ tally.

And Sean Dyche’s side remains seventh in the table, with only the ‘big six’ above of them ahead of the return clash against United at a sold-out Turf Moor next Saturday.

“We’re not playing badly at all, nothing like that,” said Clarets keeper Pope, who was denied an 11th clean sheet of the campaign by Bakary Sako’s first-half winner at Selhurst Park.

“We just keep plugging away, working hard in the week and then go again against Manchester United next week.

“It can happen to anyone. It’s a good league. You never get an easy game.

“We’ve known that even on a good run – even when we hit the top four.

“The same again next week. It won’t be easy and we won’t have an easy one all season.

“We all know that and we just have to prepare and be ready for next week.

“To go on this sort of run and not a drop place, almost, shows how well we started the season and we’ll do our best to recover that form.”

Burnley were second-best in the first half to a Palace side which has now lost just one of their last 11 league games under former England boss Roy Hodgson.

But the Clarets didn’t go down without a fight after the break as their three-match unbeaten league run away from home came to an end.

“You can’t play well all the time. The first half wasn’t the best from us, but we stayed in the game, like we’re quite good at doing,” added Pope.

“We had a right go second half but unfortunately couldn’t quite get the goal.

“We stuck at it, knowing that we weren’t playing well and we are better than that.

“We gathered our thoughts at half-time, had a chat from the gaffer and went again and came out stronger.”

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