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Andy Lochhead: Clarets have the character for fight
3:00pm Friday 21st March 2014 in Football
SEAN Dyche is quite right when he says that Burnley can only concentrate on themselves and not worry about the opposition or the teams around them in the table.
But there is no doubt the Clarets’ promotion cause has been helped by Wigan and QPR failing to make the most of their games in hand in midweek.
As such, Burnley maintain their 10-point cushion in second place going into the last 10 games.
It’s the final countdown, and we’re in a position that we shouldn’t really lose.
Who knows, with Leicester still to come to Turf Moor Ross Wallace could even have a point in saying the Clarets can go for the title.
What a tremendous achievement that would be for a small town like Burnley. It is important, though, that we don’t get ahead of ourselves, and I’m sure the manager won’t let that happen.
He will know his side are in for a tough test at Charlton tomorrow, with the Addicks fighting for their Championship lives.
They are unbeaten under new boss Jose Riga, and will be lifted by their late win over Bournemouth in midweek.
We weren’t at our best against Leeds last weekend but we still managed to dig in after going behind and get an important win. That is what has impressed me about the side this season, we never know when we’re beaten. We keep going for the full 90 minutes and beyond.
Danny Ings’ absence is a blow for us, but we have proved we are not a one-man team this season, particularly recently with midfielders and defenders starting to chip in with more goals.
Scott Arfield has been a revelation this season and took his winner terrifically on Saturday.
And Sam Vokes has proved himself capable of playing alongside different types of strikers and forging partnerships, so his latest one with Ashley Barnes is one I expect to develop while Ings is on the sidelines.
He’ll be chomping at the bit to get back and prove why he was voted Championship player of the year. He has been tremendous all season and got deserved recognition at the Football League Awards.
But the fact that he is not guaranteed the same honour at club level tells you everything you need to know about how good Burnley have been this season.
Kieran Trippier would get my vote. Without doubt he’s the best right back in the Championship.
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