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Taylor Eyes Hat-Trick Bid

League table looking better but defender wants more

5 October 2018

Charlie Taylor admits the Premier League table makes for more enjoyable reading.

And the Clarets' defender hopes it looks even better by Saturday night as the Clarets head into another international break.

A fortnight ago Burnley were bottom of the pile after taking just one point from their opening five games.

But back-to-back wins have ignited the Clarets campaign and lifted Sean Dyche’s men up to 12th-place ahead of Saturday’s visit of Huddersfield Town, who now occupy bottom slot.

“Looking at it two weeks ago it wasn’t really a pretty sight and wasn’t great to see Burnley so low, especially after last season,” admitted Taylor.

“But now it’s much better reading and hopefully we can keep climbing it.

“From the outside there was a lot of noise and pressure and people start to talk.

“Inside and in the changing room we’ve always believed in ourselves but, naturally, the results have boosted the place and there’s a real buzz about it now.

“We’ve had two great results and we want to carry that on Saturday and keep the run going and hopefully keep going up the table.”

Huddersfield are yet to win this season but showed in two goalless draws against the Clarets last season – and in their successful late fight to beat the drop – they will be no pushovers.

But Taylor hopes a repeat of the performance Burnley produced at Turf Moor a fortnight ago, when a 4-0 win over Bournemouth kicked started the revival with a best-ever Premier League win, will stand Dyche’s men in good stead as they bid for the hat-trick.

And the Yorkshireman also hopes he can maintain the winning feeling after ending his personal jinx by starting and finishing on a victorious side in the Premier League for the first time against Bournemouth.

“It’s nice to get that off my back,” added the former Leeds United man, who is currently holding onto the left-back slot in the Clarets’ back four after an impressive start to the season.

“What you want to do every week is win, so to get two in a row has been brilliant and hopefully we can get a third on Saturday.

“We know what they’re all about. They’re going to be tough and they’re going to be desperate for three points.

“We know what’s coming so we’ve got to be on it and do what we did in the last home game against Bournemouth.

“We set our benchmark there and hopefully we can emulate that again on Saturday. It’s down to the players to go out and get a result.

“From where we were a couple of games ago, 10 points would be great and something we could really take comfort from after the start we had.”


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