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Too early to compare us to promotion squad, insists Burnley defender
MICHAEL Duff says it is too early to draw comparisons with the promotion winning squad.
Burnley carried a small squad the year they went up to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.
The Clarets are in that position again this season.
Yet while Duff is delighted with the start they have made to the campaign, recognising the strength of character and camaraderie which mirrors the class of 2008/09, he warned the Championship is too unpredictable to look too far ahead.
“Because of what happened a few years ago it’s natural to draw similarities between the two squads,” said the defender, who is set to make his 300th appearance for the Clarets against Charlton Athletic today.
“It’s too early to tell because if we lose the next three games people will be saying ‘back to mid-table’ and if we lose the next three games we’re looking over our shoulder.
“You need to see where you are at Christmas and maybe re-evaluate where you go from there.
“But until you get Christmas and New Year out of the way there’s no point talking about what’s going to happen at the end of the season because it’s got a habit of biting you on the backside.
“We’re eight games into the season and it’s great that we’re sitting where we are.
“We had a run like this last year and then we went on a different type of run and all of a sudden we’re looking over our shoulders.
“It’s that sort of division.”
Duff does, however, feel their positivity will count for a lot.
“It helps when you’re winning games but the lads are close knit, they are working together, which has been borne out in a few results like the Leeds game when we played really well for an hour and then showing the other side when we can dig in and hold on to it.
“It’s that sort of league, you can’t play well every week.
“It doesn’t allow you to do that because there are too many games to be consistently at that level.”
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