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Taylor Ready For Turf Take-Off

Clarets defender hopes to start winning home run

21 November 2018

Charlie Taylor is looking for a Turf Moor tonic when the Clarets head back home next Monday night.

The visit of Newcastle United for the televised clash will see Burnley play at home in the Premier League for only the third time in two months since a 4-0 win over high-flying Bournemouth in late September.

The victory over the Cherries is the Clarets’ only home win to date this season and, like last term, Sean Dyche’s men have taken more points away from home than they have at Turf Moor.

That statistic runs contrary to Burnley’s early experiences in the Premier League when they found it tough to win away.

And while it’s not how, but how many that counts in putting points on the board, Taylor is keen to get the home fires burning once more against a Newcastle side that has won back-to-back matches to move above the Clarets into 14th-place in the table on goal difference.

“They used to say it should be easier at home, when you’ve got your fans behind you and your home comforts,” said the Clarets’ left-back.

“It’s surprising, but it’s good that we are picking up points on the road.

“But at the same time, we want to make Turf Moor a fortress and be tough to beat at home. That’s something we can definitely do.

“We want to win our home games and what better time to do it than against Newcastle on Monday.

“It’s very tight. It’s still early on in the season, but you want to beat the teams around you more than anything and we want to put as many points between us and the bottom three as possible.”

Burnley go into the weekend just one point and three places better off than Cardiff City, who occupy 18th spot in the league.

But after a demanding run of fixtures - starting with a defeat at champions Manchester City which ended an unbeaten three-match run - the Clarets stopped the rot with a battling 0-0 draw at Leicester City ahead of the international break.

And Taylor, who played his part in securing a third clean sheet of the season in the Premier League, sees that as a platform to build on as Burnley return to action to kick off a run of three home games from the next four.   

“I think that was the most important thing overall,” he added.

“We would have gone there wanting three points but getting a clean sheet was brilliant and something that will breed a lot of confidence into us.

“We were hard to break down and it was a bit more like we were last season.

“We were so together at the back and I think that showed. A lot of people said we were back to our old selves.”


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