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Lowton Wants Palace History

Defender inspired by 2017 win as Clarets seek lift-off

30 November 2018

Matt Lowton hopes to conjur up the spirit of 2017 to help kick-start a revival.

The Clarets were battling against the drop two seasons ago when they went to Crystal Palace.

An inspired performance in South London produced a first away win of the season four games from the end of the campaign with a 2-0 victory all but guaranteeing top-flight safety.

And while the Clarets aren’t in such desperate need of points at this stage this time around, Lowton is looking for lightning to strike twice to end a six-match winless run and earn some breathing space near the foot of the table.

“I remember when we went down there a couple of years ago and got our first away win of the season,” he said.

“It was a great afternoon, so we will be looking to draw on that experience.

“We are still full of confidence, the lads are still buzzing around the place in training and the gaffer is super-positive, so we are going down there looking for three points.”

Burnley and Palace are both just a point clear of the Premier League drop-zone and the Clarets will kick off at Selhurst Park in the bottom three if Cardiff City beat Wolverhampton at home on Friday night.

But Lowton believes recent history can play its part as Sean Dyche’s men – who were closing in the top four this time last year - kick off a busy December which will bring seven games before the turn of the year.

“The performances have picked up recently. We haven’t quite got the results we wanted, obviously, but we have been back to looking harder to beat, more resilient, and we are having a lot more of the ball as well,” added the Clarets’ defender.

“We are back to more of what we were about last season, so hopefully the results can start to follow.

“We have to stay positive. It’s still early in the season. We only have to look as recently as last season for how good we were, so we know we can do it, we can perform and pick up results.

“It just takes a couple of wins back-to-back and we’re back where we want to be. Especially with the games coming thick and fast in December there are a lot of opportunities for us to pick up points.”

The victory at Palace in April, 2017 - Burnley’s first there since 2001 - was a landmark moment as the Clarets effectively made sure they would be playing back-to-back top-flight campaigns for the first time since the mid-1970s.

The travelling fans celebrated in the evening sunshine and Lowton hopes they will be smiling again by Saturday night.

“The supporters have been terrific since I joined. I know they will be there in their numbers wherever we are and hopefully we can start picking up some points and getting some more happy weekend for them,” he said.


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