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'That's The Spirit' - Westy

Midfielder praises Clarets' approach in decisive draw at Chelsea

23 April 2019

Ashley Westwood hailed the fighting spirit that brought the Clarets the point that should keep Premier League football at Turf Moor.

An incident-packed 2-2 draw at Chelsea has meant only goal difference – and an unlikely 17-goal swing – can drag Burnley back into relegation trouble as Sean Dyche’s men hit the 40-point mark.

And midfield battler Westwood praised the gutsy rearguard action which epitomised the Clarets’ approach since they found themselves stuck in the bottom three at Christmas.

“It was entertaining!” he said.

“We really had to dig deep in the last 20 minutes and that shows the spirit we have got in this group.

“We have shown that since Christmas and been on a great run.

“We took a real bump in the road against Everton (on Boxing Day) and we have come back and shown what we can do.”

Westwood and his team-mates ran themselves into the ground to keep Chelsea at bay after the sides had shared four goals in a manic opening 24 minutes.

He paid the price with a bout of cramp in the dying stages and with Chelsea – needing a win to enhance their hopes of a top-four finish – letting their frustrations show at what they perceived as time-wasting tactics, it made for a feisty finish to a game that ended in chaotic scenes as Blues' boss Maurizio Sarri was sent from the dug-out.

“It’s unlike me,” added Westwood, one of the driving forces behind Burnley’s revival in the second half of the campaign.

“Me and Corky did some running. We all did, and that’s what we do for this team and that’s what we’re all about.

“That’s football. We have come here and we’ve upset them, but that’s what we need to do. As Burnley, we need to do that.

“We are fighting for our lives and they are fighting for fourth spot. I think it was a great night for football.”


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