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Lennon: Seventh Spot No Fluke

Winger says Clarets deserve their status as he prepares to face former club

2 March 2018

Aaron Lennon insists it’s no fluke the Clarets are flying high in the Premier League as he prepares to face former club and top-seven rivals Everton.

Burnley’s well-documented winless record in the league now stretches to 11 games.

But six points taken during that run, allied to a highly productive first half of the campaign, have kept Sean Dyche’s men in seventh spot as the ‘best of the rest’ behind the division's ‘big six’.

And January signing Lennon is adamant the Clarets’ status is fully merited.

The winger said: “We are seventh in the league and there’s no luck about that to be seventh at this time of year.

“The lads have done great. You have to play well and you have to have the players to win matches.

“They have a great bunch of lads here and some top, top players. There are some talented lads here and great footballers.

“The squad have done fantastic to be in seventh now. As a team why can’t we maintain sitting in seventh? There are still many games to and I don’t see why we can’t push on.”

Everton come to Turf Moor for Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off (12.30pm) sitting two places and three points behind the Clarets – making it a pivotal fixture in what could determine who has the best chance of a possible European slot for next season.

And it will also mean a rapid reunion for Lennon, who ended a three-year stay on Merseyside when he made the switch to Burnley during the last transfer window after slipping down the pecking order at Goodison Park.

“I want to play, like everyone else, each week, and obviously it had to come to the time where you start to look it at and think ‘I’ve missed a lot of football in the last year-and-a-half maybe it’s time to move on’. And I made the right decision,” insisted the England international.

“I enjoyed my time at Everton. They are a great group of lads and have some good quality players. People will be probably look at them on paper and think they should be higher or have done better.

“They’ve had an up and down season but they have a lot of quality.

“But we are at home and we will be looking to take the three points. Obviously now I’m a Burnley player and all I’m thinking about is three points for Burnley at the weekend.”

That’s the one thing missing for Lennon since he made the Clarets his fourth Premier League after previous spells with Leeds United and Tottenham.

But the 30-year-old has added to Burnley’s attacking threat in tandem with wing-twin Johann Berg Gudmundsson and he is confident a first victory in claret and blue isn’t far away.

Lennon - who has only once finished on a losing Burnley side in his four appearances - added: “I’ve settled in really well. Everyone to do with the football club from the moment I walked in the door has made me feel at home.

“I feel like I’ve been here a lot longer than a month and I’m really enjoying it.

“I’ve enjoyed the games. We’ve picked up some okay points and I think we’re playing fairly well.

“We are working hard and we want that win desperately. We have had a few draws and last week to concede so late on was hard to take.

“I think we deserved the win and I think it is coming, and hopefully this Saturday is when it does.”

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