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Andy Lochhead column: Burnley must maintain standard set at QPR
THE QPR game was maybe the best we’ve played this season and that’s the standard we’ve got to maintain now.
It was a great game down at Loftus Road, we were up for it and we could even have won it.
If you were going to be critical you could say the back four found it difficult at times and we looked vulnerable from set pieces.
But it’s very easy to be critical. The way we came back, we dominated the middle part of the game and could have had a couple more goals. It was just the run of the ball in the end that denied us.
We’ve got to maintain that sort of standard for these last 18 games now, and I think we’re capable of doing that.
There are a lot of points to play for and we’ve got to go on a run.
QPR was a game where beforehand you would have been happy with a draw, this time at home to Millwall tomorrow we are looking for the three points.
If we can play as well as we did at Loftus Road, you would fancy us to beat Millwall.
Some might think it is more difficult to motivate yourself for this sort of game than a top of the table clash with QPR, but as a footballer you’ve always got to treat Saturday as different to every day to get yourself up for the game every weekend.
My wife always tells me that I used to leap out of bed on a Saturday and be up and about.
You have to feel that bit more energetic than on any other day, right from what you have for breakfast.
I always had very little for breakfast on a Saturday morning, I just had porridge, but it always worked for me.
We’ve got this great home record where we haven’t lost a league game at Turf Moor for nearly a year now and it’s that old saying about making your home ground a fortress.
We have done that and teams now don’t relish coming here.
We have had a couple of years recently where we struggled to win games at home but that’s football, it’s hard to put your finger on why sometimes.
I hope we can stay unbeaten at home until the end of the season but whether we can do it, I wouldn’t like to put a bet on just yet.
Hopefully we can though and if we do we will certainly be there or thereabouts in the automatic promotion race.
Leicester are quite a few points ahead now and it looks like they will probably win the league but QPR are only three points ahead of us so we’ve just got to stay in touch with the automatic promotion places.
QPR have a tough game at Derby on Monday so one of our rivals will drop points.
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