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Lowton: The Onus Is On Us

Defender ready to take fight to Europa League hopefuls Wolves

24 August 2019

Matt Lowton is determined to put the bite on Wolves and expose any travel sickness in the air at Molineux.

The Clarets go to the Midlands just three days after the latest leg of Wolves’ Europa League qualifying bid saw them win 3-2 at Italian club Torino.

Sean Dyche’s men have first-hand experience of the effects of a European campaign after playing six ties by the end of August last season.

And while Wolves’ passage to the play-off round has been less arduous, Lowton will look to exploit any signs of fatigue in Sunday’s tea-time kick-off.

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“It’s difficult with the Europa League, which we experienced last year,” admitted the Clarets’ defender.

“It definitely takes something out of you, the travelling and the games.

“You can’t quite train as hard as you’d like in between and do the things we’ve been able to do this year without the Europa League.

“But it’s up to us to make sure we start right and get on the front foot and not let them bed themselves into the game and get some momentum.

“The onus is on us to make sure we step on.

"Another thing we’ll be looking to do, is to go down there and put it right from last year.

“We didn’t perform as well as we would have wanted to and it’s an opportunity for us to go out there and hopefully get three points.”

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A 1-0 defeat at Molineux last September capped a poor start to the 2018/19 campaign for the Clarets, who took just a single point from their opening five league games.

Back-to-back league wins followed that loss in the Black Country but it still took a post-Christmas revival to guarantee Premier League safety.

And Lowton spelled out the desire to avoid a similar scenario with a win already on the board courtesy of a 3-0 success over Southampton on the opening day.

“We don’t want another start to the season like we had last year. It wasn’t good enough, we all know that,” he added.

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“We turned it around after Christmas and the way we finished last year is the way we wanted to start this time.

“We had a good pre-season with a lot of hard work and a lot of good work, which set out our stall for the start of the season and we’ve gone straight in there on the front foot.

“I think we’ve started well.  The 3-0 first weekend was very satisfying and to hit the ground running was good.

“We did well at Arsenal (last Saturday) and created a lot of problems – especially from set-pieces – and so we’re all confident going into the weekend.

“It’s another difficult game, away from home they all are in this league, but we will be looking to stay on the front foot.”


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