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Lowton: This Is What We Want

Defender ready for more as Clarets tackle title-chasing City

27 April 2019

Matt Lowton is relishing another test against the best as champions Manchester City come to town on Sunday.

City will be going all guns blazing to try and secure the win they need to resume pole position in the race for the title after Liverpool’s 5-0 beating of Huddersfield Town on Friday night took the Reds back into the Premier League's top spot.

But the Clarets aren’t planning to just make up the numbers at a sold-out Turf Moor as they look to keep their own impressive run going following a four-match unbeaten run which has lifted them up to 15th place in the table - only three points behind West Ham in 11th.

Sean Dyche’s side has beaten Tottenham and taken points away from home at Manchester United and Chelsea since hitting top gear again at the turn of the year to launch their sprint for safety.

And Lowton is ready to embrace another top-level challenge on what’s likely to be a highly-charged afternoon.

“The pressure is kind off a bit because we’ve done a good job over the past couple of weeks and got the points on the board,” said the Clarets’ defender.

“When you’re growing up and get into a first team you want to play against the best teams and the best players in the world, so we’re looking forward to getting out there.

“We did well against Chelsea at their place the other night, so we’ll be looking to take the confidence of the past few weeks into a full house at our place with a great atmosphere and hopefully we can go out and get a win.

“We’ve got back to it since the turn of the year, getting back to being hard to beat and back to what Burnley are all about and we’ll definitely be doing that again on Sunday.

“We want to finish as high as we can. The manager’s big on that. The job’s never done and if we can put in a couple of big results, we can move up the table and finish off really strongly.”

Lowton has slotted seamlessly back into the Clarets’ rear line since replacing the injured Phil Bardsley three games ago.

He played a major part in keeping Chelsea at bay in the second half of Monday’s night’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge which all but put Burnley out of reach of the bottom three.

And after rising superbly to the challenge of nullifying the threat of Eden Hazard – following a sensational first half from the Chelsea play-maker – the right-back is preparing for a similar shift against City’s array of wide men.

“He (Hazard) is a top-quality player. I thought in the second-half I acquitted myself well and tried to keep him down the line,” Lowton added.

“It’s the lesser of the two evils if he gets a cross in with our centre-halves playing like they are at the minute who can hopefully deal with that.

“We tried to stop him cutting inside to either create a chance for himself or someone else and I thought on the whole we defended well.

“Jeff (Hendrick) did a great job just in front of me and we’ll be working hard to try and do the same again on Sunday.”

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