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Taylor Relishing Palace Test

29 November 2019

Charlie Taylor is relishing the chance to chalk up a hat-trick of clean sheets as the Clarets prepare to welcome Crystal Palace to Turf Moor.

Burnley welcome the Eagles looking to build on successive 3-0 wins in the Premier League that have catapulted Sean Dyche’s side up to seventh in the table.

And Taylor, whose return to the starting line-up has coincided with a return to winning ways, is again looking to keep the door locked this weekend.

“It’s always lovely to win but to win in the manner of 3-0 back-to-back wins is just the extra icing on the cake really,” said the Clarets defender.

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“Before last weekend there was a bit of talk about us not having our first away win, so to put that to bed and to get the first one ticked off is lovely.

“Everyone knows Sheffield United was an off day from us. We were well below our standards, but wet we’ve put that right in the last few games and we want to continue that solidity from the back.”

Taylor recently signed a new deal to stay with the Clarets until 2024, joining striker Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes in extending their stays at Turf Moor.

And the former Leeds United defender admitted he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper.

“Obviously I’m delighted and I feel this is a club that seems to be improving year on year,” added Taylor, who missed the start of the current season through injury.

“I’ve had a great two years here so far and experienced a lot of things I didn’t think I would play in Europe, along with the Premier League. It’s been really good and, hopefully, long may that continue.

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“Obviously it was frustrating at the start of the season for me. I picked up an injury at the wrong time and the team did well.

“Erik (Pieters) played really well and it was frustrating, but I knew I had to train well, keep my head on and be ready if it changed, which thankfully it has.”

York-born Taylor comes full circle this weekend, having faced Palace talisman Wilf Zaha on his full debut for Leeds United back in 2011.

And he is well aware of the dangers posed by international wingers Zaha and Andros Townsend.

“They possess a lot of top quality and we know it’s going to be tough,” he added.

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“Just like any game in the Premier League, there are no easy ones. We will do our work on them, know what they are about and, hopefully, put it together on Saturday.

“You have got to do your homework on every team. For the wingers we try and study what their game is about.

“You see them every week on the TV and you know basically the ins and outs, but they are two very good wingers and I’m sure we will have our work cut out, but you have to relish the challenge.”

There will be live commentary of tomorrow’s game on Clarets Player, with Andy Payton joining Phil Bird on commentary.

Day passes are available HERE, costing just £1.99.


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