Burnley News: Hard work key for Clarets – Pope

11 months ago

In the latest Burnley news, goalkeeper Nick Pope has credited the team’s work-rate for their success this season.

The Clarets sit seventh in the Premier League standings after a superb season and are on the brink of clinching a spot in the Europa League.

They have won 14 top-flight games this term, including five in a row in March and April, and are winning the battle of the clubs outside the top six.

There have been some rough patches, with an 11-game winless streak at one stage, but they bounced back in no uncertain terms to record their highest ever finish in the Premier League.

Manager Sean Dyche has tried to drum into his players that they must maintain the same levels in every match to remain competitive in England’s top division.

And Pope feels the club’s old-style values and effort on the training pitch have helped their progress.

“It’s down to lots of things: togetherness, squad mentality, effort, desire,” he told Sky Sports News. “Things you maybe don’t associate with modern football nowadays, we’ve got in abundance.

“Training is a big part of what we do, we train hard every day, with two players for every position pushing each other. They are the things which have got us where we are today.”

The Lancashire outfit travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to take on Arsenal and victory would see Burnley move level with Arsene Wenger’s side on 57 points.

It would cap an incredible turnaround, with pundits suggesting the bubble had burst after a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton on February 24 made it 11 games without taking maximum points.

However, Dyche rallied his troops and they are on the cusp of achieving European football.