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Cork Getting Hornets Buzz

Midfielder seeks more of the same at Watford to keep run going

18 January 2019

Jack Cork is looking to wind back the clock to deliver a repeat of the Clarets’ last trip to Watford.

Cork headed the winner at Vicarage Road in April as Burnley continued their charge towards Europe.

A top-seven finish isn’t on the agenda this time around with the Clarets paying the price for a poor start to the domestic campaign.

But, like last season, Sean Dyche’s men go to face the Hornets seeking a fourth successive Premier League win and another come-from-behind victory.

The 2-1 victory at Watford last season was just the second time the Clarets had come from behind to win in the Premier League. They have also done it in their last two league games.

“Last season was a good game,” re-called Cork, who followed up substitute Sam Vokes’ equaliser as the Clarets struck twice in four minutes to clinch a seventh away win of the campaign.

“It was a game where we were in a good rhythm and a good moment and we had that confidence we could get results in a lot of places and we did that, despite not maybe having the majority of the chances in the game.

“We took ours towards the end and got a great win for it.

“There are similar sorts of signs to last year. We had a bit of a bad patch and then we ended up winning five games in a row, and we’ve managed to find some form now and win the last four, including the cup game.

“Hopefully it’s the right time to find it to try and put the disappointing first half of the season behind us and look to forward to trying to play some good football and try and get back to the ruthlessness we had last season.”

Nine points from three games since Boxing Day has re-vitalised the Clarets’ campaign and lifted them out of the bottom three.

But there remains little margin for error as Burnley prepare to meet a Watford side beaten just once in seven games and sitting seventh place in the table.

And Cork – whose midfield partnership with Ashley Westwood has been back firing on all cylinders to help under-pin the recovery – knows Dyche’s men can’t afford to let their guard slip as he returns to the club where he spent a spell on loan a decade ago.

“It’s a tough league and when you’re down there in the bottom three it’s not a nice feeling and you feel like things are going against you,” the 29-year-old told the Clarets’ website.

“You’ve got to get your head up and move on and try and get over the last game as quickly as you can.

“We have managed to do the right thing and get ourselves out, but we’ve got a hell of a long way to go.

“We’re only two or three points off it and a lot of teams have got teams around them to play and we’re going against a Watford team who are seventh in the league.

“We know from being in that situation last year you go into games full of confidence thinking you can beat anyone and it’s going to be a really tough game for us.

“We have to keep going and keep the mentality that we have to fight and scrap for every point for every minute of the game and I’m sure if we do that, we will be all right.”

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