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Tarky: 'We Always Stick Together'

Defender calls on collective spirit to get Clarets through testing time

17 September 2018

James Tarkowski admits things need to improve.

And he is backing a collective effort from everyone at Turf Moor – players, staff and fans – to help turn things around and get the Clarets’ Premier League fortunes back on track.

A 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Sunday made it four successive league losses for Sean Dyche’s men as they struggle to recapture the highs of last season and a best-placed league finish in 44 years.

And while that will be a tall order in such exalted top-flight company, Tarkowski knows the performance at Molinuex must be left behind.

“They are a good side, but we are going to come up against good teams every week in this league, so we need to improve,” said the Clarets’ defender.

“It’s still early season, so we’re not worried. But we know things need to change.

“Things have been good for a few years here and a lot of positive things have been said about us.

“It’s going to be the first real test we’ve had in terms of a few disappointing results in a row and struggling.

“We’ve got to look to turn it around. There’s not just one particular thing that’s stopping us moving forward but we’ll be working as hard as ever.”

The Clarets return to Turf Moor next Saturday to face an in-form Bournemouth side, which has been beaten just once this season.

And Tarkowski hopes the Clarets’ united front will help engineer a first league win to change the mood and start looking up again after almost three years of constant progress.

“We will always pride ourselves on being a well-knit team. We will always stick together as a group – not just the players, the staff as well – and we will look to the next game and look to get something positive out of that,” the England international told Clarets Player HD.

“They’re testing times for the lads, but we hope the fans stick with us because we’ve had a lot of good times and hopefully they will come back soon enough.

“The sooner that first win comes around hopefully that will kick-start something for us and we look forward to next week and hopefully it can start there, and a good performance would be nice to come with that.”

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