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Cork: We Know What It Takes

Midfielder ready to battle back on Turf Moor return

1 March 2019

Jack Cork is expecting a show of strength back at Turf Moor as the Clarets look to launch another unbeaten run.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle brought Burnley’s first Premier League loss since Boxing Day and came just three days after a sensational home win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Cork believes the efforts in denting Tottenham title hopes may have taken their toll as Sean Dyche’s men beat one of the ‘big six’ for the first time since the opening day of last season.

And the midfield man is seeking a typically positive response to the setback on Tyneside and a return to their battling best as the Clarets bid to bounce back against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Cork said: “Newcastle is not an easy place to go, especially with how they’ve been in the last few games.

“It was always going to be a tough game, but maybe we took our foot off a little bit after such a good win on the Saturday – sub-consciously.

“We went there with the best intentions to win the game, but without maybe meaning to do so we weren’t at our best.

“Maybe that’s a good reality check for us for Saturday, that we have to be firing 100 per cent, otherwise we won’t get the result.

“We don’t normally compete like that and we will be looking to put it right.

“We’re at our best when we are all competing together, we’re fighting and we’re aggressive and we’re in our shape.

“We have done well in the eight games we didn’t lose because we were all working together and doing the right things which we know we’re good at.

“We know what it takes to get those results and hopefully we’ll be doing it again on Saturday. After the game on Tuesday we have great motivation to get a result.”

The Clarets have lost just one of their last six league games at Turf Moor in a run stretching back to the end of November.

That sequence includes vital wins over Brighton, West Ham and Fulham, as well as a share of the points against Southampton.

And the visit of a Palace side which is level on points with the Clarets makes it a fixture of similar relevance in the scramble for places in the bottom half of the table.

“It is a huge game in the season and these are the sort of games at home we look at and we want to try and get points in,” added Cork, who is looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park in December and keep the Newcastle loss in perspective.

“We’ve done great for the past two months and for us to dwell on a defeat like that would be silly. We need to put that to one side.

“We’ve done in training what we needed to get it out of our system and really focus on the game on Saturday.

“We need to make sure our heads are screwed on because they’re a dangerous team when they’re on it, as we found out earlier in the season.

“So, we need to be a lot more focused and aggressive than we were earlier in the season."

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