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Defender Kevin Long: 'Burnley must try to extend unbeaten run'
BURNLEY have handed themselves an early season incentive to stay unbeaten, according to Kevin Long.
The Clarets go into tomorrow’s home game with Yeovil Town – a first meeting between the two teams – on the back of a draw and two wins from the opening Championship and League Cup games.
And Long has backed them to stretch that run against the division’s newcomers, although warned the Glovers should not be underestimated.
“They had a really good season last year, getting promoted,” said the Irishman.
“They will try as hard as they can to stay in this league this year but we still know it’s going to be a tough test. The Championship is a tough league in general. Every team has different qualities to their game. I’m sure they will be up for it.
“On any given day anyone can beat anyone in the Championship. We just need to try to be on top of our game and play to the best of our ability.
“For us, it’s nice to be unbeaten. We need to try to keep that going and see where it takes us.”
He added: “We’re delighted with the start.
“Everyone worked hard in pre-season to get as fit as possible and pre-season went quite well.
“We didn’t really have many injuries and in the first game everyone looked sharp. It’s been a good start.
“I think everyone in the team and around the dressing room is positive and we’re going into games buoyant.”
Long is hoping to add a first clean sheet in the league to their repertoire at Turf Moor tomorrow after seeing an all-round improvement to the defensive side of their game.
“I think the whole team have defended quite well,” he added.
“From the first game against Bolton we’ve looked sharp and solid with people throwing their bodies into blocks and tackles and putting their bodies on the line. I don’t think we had that last year,” said Long, who is looking forward to locking horns with a former Republic of Ireland youth team-mate.
“I know Paddy Madden. I’ve known him for quite a few years and played in under age Irish youth teams with him,” said Long, who turns 23 on Sunday.
“He had a really good season last year and scored a lot of goals to get Yeovil promoted.
“I look forward to keeping him quiet and keeping a clean sheet.”
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