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Lowton Looking For Lift-Off

Defender happy with Clarets' start ahead of Villa reunion

25 September 2019

Matt Lowton believes the foundations are in place for a successful season as he prepares to head back to former club Aston Villa.

The Clarets are sitting ninth in the Premier League table with eight points from their opening six games.

And Lowton sees that as a decent return and the ideal base to carry on the upward momentum Sean Dyche’s men have carried since Christmas – taking a total of 36 points from 25 games since the mid-way point of the 2018/19 campaign.   

“We finished strong and we wanted to make sure we took that into this season,” said the Clarets’ right-back.

“We’re very happy with the way we’ve started. We have got a lot of points on the board and but for a late goal at Wolves it could have been a few more.

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“There’s probably been only one half of football (at Brighton) where we’ve not been where we wanted to be, and we put that right last weekend, so the way we have started we’ve got a great platform to build on.

“We didn’t start last season the way we wanted to and we were down the bottom and struggling a little bit. It’s hard to get the results together when you are looking over your shoulder.

“The way we have started this time has given us a great platform to kick on and hopefully we can do what we did a couple of seasons ago.”

The Clarets - who gate-crashed the top 10 two seasons ago - go to Villa Park on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run away from home to three games.

It will be Burnley’s first trip to the Midlands’ club since May, 2015 when Lowton – and Clarets’ team-mate Ashley Westwood – were both Villa players.

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Matt Lowton's spectacular goal for Villa at Stoke in April, 2013 helped keep the club in the Premier League

Lowton didn’t feature in the 1-0 loss and a little over a month later he was on his way to Turf Moor as one of the Clarets’ best value-for-money signings of recent years.

After winning promotion from the Championship in his first season at Burnley, the 30-year-old has since firmly re-established his top-flight credentials.

And the former Sheffield United defender values the part Villa played in his career.

“I enjoyed it very much when I first joined,” said Lowton, who made 82 appearances for the Villains after signing in July, 2012.

“It was great to get the phone call from Paul Lambert and for a club of that magnitude to want to sign you, you’re going to be delighted.

“When I went in I was absolutely buzzing from the first day – the set-up, the ground, the fans. It was a huge club and I loved it.

“It didn’t quite work out as the seasons went on. The club as a whole was in a bit of a transition period.

“It didn’t quite work out in the end, but I was grateful for the opportunity they gave me and the groundwork to be a Premier League player.”

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