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Hart: We're Being Tested

Clarets keeper looks for response after fourth straight defeat

16 September 2018

Joe Hart says the Clarets must wipe the slate clean and find the answers to the test they are currently facing in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men got off lightly with just a 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers and have now lost four games in a row in the top flight for the first time since they headed for relegation in May, 2015.

Dyche’s squads have scaled new heights as Championship winners and a Premier League force since bouncing back from that set-back three years ago.

But Hart insists it’s all about the future as the Clarets look to recover from their poor start to the domestic campaign.

“We were miles off,” admitted the Burnley keeper, who stood between Wolves and a more comfortable win.

“We’ve got no excuses this time. There were no games in mid-week. We’ve got to have a good look at ourselves and go again.

“We’re a good, strong group of players with a good manager and we’re being tested at the moment. But that’s what life’s about, isn’t it?

“We need to get back to being the Burnley that was there before and no-one wanted to play against.

“I’m sure we have a lot more quality than people give us credit for and we need to start playing like that.

“The past is the past for everyone, including myself and we need to start living in the now with this squad.

 “We’ve got to move forward as Burnley and start winning some games.

“We’ve got to be real with each other, real with the manager and we move forward. We’ve got good quality, good desire and good team spirit and we have to start translating that.”

Wolves built on their impressive start to the campaign as they extended their unbeaten home record with a first Premier League win at Molinuex since December, 2011 in their last top-flight campaign.

Last season’s Championship winners were denied by two top-class saves from Hart before half-time and some last-ditch interventions from his defensive team-mates.

But Raul Jimenez’s 61st-minute finish broke the resistance as the Clarets – who almost nicked an unlikely point through Jack Cork – finished well beaten.

“Wolves played well and on a high. They have started well. It’s a fantastic club. Molineux looks brilliant,” added Shropshire-born Hart.

“I’ve got family who live in this part of the world and there’s a real buzz around the place.

“But that’s too much about them. It should be about us and we didn’t do what we wanted to do today.

“We’re all going to work hard. We’re all going to look in the mirror and move forward. We need to stick together and go again.”

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