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Lowton: Nothing Beats Winning Feeling

Defender looks to keep run going after joining 100 club

12 April 2019

Ton-up Matthew Lowton aims to enjoy more of the winning feeling after marking his century with a vital victory.

Lowton returned to starting duty for the first time since Boxing Day when he replaced Phil Bardsley in the Clarets’ 3-1 win at Bournemouth last Saturday.

A freak leg injury to Bardsley paved the way for Lowton’s comeback, which brought the right-back a 100th league start for the club and a vital three points for the Clarets.

“It’s nice to reach a milestone like that,” said Lowton, who slotted seamlessly back into Burnley's back four.

“I have enjoyed every minute since I’ve been here, and I just want to play as many games as I can for the club and keep contributing.

Matt Lowton helped the Clarets win at Cardiff in September

“It was nice to be back in. It’s been a while. It’s always frustrating when you’re not playing but Bardo has been playing brilliantly of late so there’s nothing to complain about that there.

“I didn’t see it coming but I felt I was ready and thought I acquitted myself quite well.

“The performance was very enjoyable. I thought we played we really well and I was buzzing to be back out there.

“That feeling of playing and winning – you can’t beat it.”

A second successive victory lifted the Clarets eight points clear of the Premier League’s relegation places with five games to go.

The next leg of the run-in comes against Cardiff City at Turf Moor on Saturday and a win against the club currently occupying 18th-place in the table would extend the gap to the drop-zone to a potentially unassailable 11 points.

And Lowton hopes everyone is in a position to breathe more easily come Saturday night.

He added: “It is just another game on one hand, and we have to prepare how we have for every other game; looking at their weaknesses and our strengths and things like that.

“But when it comes to the crunch time of the season and games like this that are crucial to pulling away from them and other teams it's massive, so we have to make sure we’re right on it with the right attitude to go out there – not all guns blazing – but calm as we have been in the last few weeks and hopefully take care of ourselves.

“The form we have had recently has helped us a lot. There’s a nice gap at the minute, but there’s a lot of football still to be played so we have to make sure we don’t rest on what we’ve done up to now and we can go out there and finish the job.

“If we win and results go our way, we can go up to 13th-12th, something like that, so the whole place, the club, the fans, will be in an even better frame of mind, probably, after the game if we’re on 39 points and sat mid-table.”

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