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Skipper: Clarets will work harder than ever ahead of their top flight campaign

Lancashire Telegraph: Jason Shackell Jason Shackell

JASON Shackell says he owes his ever-present status to manager Sean Dyche, and he believes Burnley are going to be even fitter in the Premier League.

The Clarets captain played every minute of every game in Burnley’s promotion season, including League Cup and FA Cup ties.

It is an achievement the central defender has never managed before in more than a decade of professional football and with the Clarets the fifth of his full-time clubs.

And Shackell is not sure it would have been possible but for boss Dyche’s influence on a daily basis.

“One of the gaffer’s mantras is you go hard day in, day out. There are no down days, and it’s worked for me nicely this year. He got us really fit in pre-season and we took that into the year,” said Shackell.

The 30-year-old was the only player to not miss a minute of action in all competitions, but with Burnley using the least number of players in the Championship a number of his team-mates were close behind him.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton missed just one cup game, through suspension, following his controversial dismissal for two bookings at Brighton in August.

Kieran Trippier was an ever-present up until mid-March, when he suffered a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the squad for over three weeks.

Midfielders David Jones and Scott Arfield played 49 of Burnley’s 51 games, as the Clarets used only 25 players in the league - 15 fewer than QPR, who went up via the play-offs on Saturday after finishing 13 points and two places behind the Clarets in fourth.

And Shackell says that is credit to the hard work done behind the scenes.

“A lot of the lads who have played the majority of the games were in the team at the start of the season and played a lot of games.

“The squad in general have stated very healthy and that’s credit to the physios, sports scientists and the gaffer so it’s been brilliant,” said the skipper, who said his ever-present status capped a memorable year.

“It’s a nice achievement for me in what’s been an absolutely unbelievable year.

“It’s the cherry on the cake.

“It’s been brilliant for me personally, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.”

But he knows Dyche will not allow Burnley to rest on their laurels and expects the levels for endurance to be raised in the top flight next season.

“I know the gaffer and I’m sure we’re going to be even fitter next year,” he said.

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11:37am Wed 28 May 14

RobH2O says...

All part of the excellence culture he is installing.
All part of the excellence culture he is installing. RobH2O
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12:51pm Wed 28 May 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Burnley are playing at their limit of physical ability as it is. Any more pushing and they will snap like a cruciate ligament. Sign some class players instead, we have enough workhouse donkeys. Bentdner would be a good signing for us, he will score goals and be a threat. 10 goals from him, ten from Ings and 15 from vokes and we might be able to finish out of the bottom three, if we keep a clean sheet every game.
Burnley are playing at their limit of physical ability as it is. Any more pushing and they will snap like a cruciate ligament. Sign some class players instead, we have enough workhouse donkeys. Bentdner would be a good signing for us, he will score goals and be a threat. 10 goals from him, ten from Ings and 15 from vokes and we might be able to finish out of the bottom three, if we keep a clean sheet every game. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -8

2:03pm Wed 28 May 14

noddy57 says...

So you reckon you will need to work harder in the premiership,,well first of all you should not confuse the two, work should not even be mentioned in the same breath as playing football, they are complete poles apart, and that is exactly what your team is when your compared to the rest of the premiership clubs, do enjoy your fleeting glimpse of the big time, for l fear it will be just that. COYB.
So you reckon you will need to work harder in the premiership,,well first of all you should not confuse the two, work should not even be mentioned in the same breath as playing football, they are complete poles apart, and that is exactly what your team is when your compared to the rest of the premiership clubs, do enjoy your fleeting glimpse of the big time, for l fear it will be just that. COYB. noddy57
  • Score: -11

2:18pm Wed 28 May 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

noddy57 wrote:
So you reckon you will need to work harder in the premiership,,well first of all you should not confuse the two, work should not even be mentioned in the same breath as playing football, they are complete poles apart, and that is exactly what your team is when your compared to the rest of the premiership clubs, do enjoy your fleeting glimpse of the big time, for l fear it will be just that. COYB.
At least we will have a glimpse of the top flight again, more than any of you Blackburn fuckmonkeys will do ever again.

And look at last summer - the majority of football fans were predicting a quick return to the Championship for Hull (Who finished with 16 points LESS than Burnley) and Palace (Who finished with 21 points LESS than Burnley) and they both survived comfortably - as will we.

And that will be yet another disappointment for those poor, putupon, Blackburn fans to add to the Transfer Embargo, The losing of their 'best' players, their impending relegation, their free transfer bonanza to replace their outgoing players, the fact they are forced to watch their biggest rivals competing in the league that they would all stop horse-fiddling to compete in.

Blackburn - getting their commupance 2014/15
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: So you reckon you will need to work harder in the premiership,,well first of all you should not confuse the two, work should not even be mentioned in the same breath as playing football, they are complete poles apart, and that is exactly what your team is when your compared to the rest of the premiership clubs, do enjoy your fleeting glimpse of the big time, for l fear it will be just that. COYB.[/p][/quote]At least we will have a glimpse of the top flight again, more than any of you Blackburn fuckmonkeys will do ever again. And look at last summer - the majority of football fans were predicting a quick return to the Championship for Hull (Who finished with 16 points LESS than Burnley) and Palace (Who finished with 21 points LESS than Burnley) and they both survived comfortably - as will we. And that will be yet another disappointment for those poor, putupon, Blackburn fans to add to the Transfer Embargo, The losing of their 'best' players, their impending relegation, their free transfer bonanza to replace their outgoing players, the fact they are forced to watch their biggest rivals competing in the league that they would all stop horse-fiddling to compete in. Blackburn - getting their commupance 2014/15 Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 12

2:31pm Thu 29 May 14

noddy57 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
So you reckon you will need to work harder in the premiership,,well first of all you should not confuse the two, work should not even be mentioned in the same breath as playing football, they are complete poles apart, and that is exactly what your team is when your compared to the rest of the premiership clubs, do enjoy your fleeting glimpse of the big time, for l fear it will be just that. COYB.
At least we will have a glimpse of the top flight again, more than any of you Blackburn fuckmonkeys will do ever again.

And look at last summer - the majority of football fans were predicting a quick return to the Championship for Hull (Who finished with 16 points LESS than Burnley) and Palace (Who finished with 21 points LESS than Burnley) and they both survived comfortably - as will we.

And that will be yet another disappointment for those poor, putupon, Blackburn fans to add to the Transfer Embargo, The losing of their 'best' players, their impending relegation, their free transfer bonanza to replace their outgoing players, the fact they are forced to watch their biggest rivals competing in the league that they would all stop horse-fiddling to compete in.

Blackburn - getting their commupance 2014/15
well l see your already being complacent , l cannot wait to see your sorry ugly mugs when we swap places with you ,because although sad to say l cannot for the life of me see how you mugs can even contemplate the mere thought that you are anywhere near good enough to avoid the drop.C O Y B.
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: So you reckon you will need to work harder in the premiership,,well first of all you should not confuse the two, work should not even be mentioned in the same breath as playing football, they are complete poles apart, and that is exactly what your team is when your compared to the rest of the premiership clubs, do enjoy your fleeting glimpse of the big time, for l fear it will be just that. COYB.[/p][/quote]At least we will have a glimpse of the top flight again, more than any of you Blackburn fuckmonkeys will do ever again. And look at last summer - the majority of football fans were predicting a quick return to the Championship for Hull (Who finished with 16 points LESS than Burnley) and Palace (Who finished with 21 points LESS than Burnley) and they both survived comfortably - as will we. And that will be yet another disappointment for those poor, putupon, Blackburn fans to add to the Transfer Embargo, The losing of their 'best' players, their impending relegation, their free transfer bonanza to replace their outgoing players, the fact they are forced to watch their biggest rivals competing in the league that they would all stop horse-fiddling to compete in. Blackburn - getting their commupance 2014/15[/p][/quote]well l see your already being complacent , l cannot wait to see your sorry ugly mugs when we swap places with you ,because although sad to say l cannot for the life of me see how you mugs can even contemplate the mere thought that you are anywhere near good enough to avoid the drop.C O Y B. noddy57
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