MICHAEL Duff wants Burnley to make a positive away impression in the Premier League – starting with Saturday’s trip to Swansea.
Duff is the only remaining player from the Clarets’ first stint in the Premier League five seasons ago, and needs no reminding of how much difficulty they had in picking up results on the road.
Burnley, whose first trip is to Swansea this weekend, had to wait eight months for their first away win – a resounding one in the end as they beat Hull City 4-1.
They are now preparing to face a side still buoyant from spoiling new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s moment with an opening day win at Old Trafford.
“It’s going to be tough going to Swansea, they’re coming off the back of an unbelievable result at Manchester United.
“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be tough,” he said. “But we’ll go down there, not be fancied, and give it a right go again.
“Every game is going to be hard but you can’t just pick points up at home because you’re putting too much pressure on yourself.
“The gaffer’s mentality is one game at a time.
“We kept going on about it last year, but he’s already drilled that in again.”
Of playing in the Premier League with the Clarets second time around, Duff added: “I’m as excited as everybody else. It’s an opportunity to test myself again.
“It’s where everybody wants to ply their trade. It’s the best league in the world.
“We’re playing against good teams and against good players, but we’re still looking to win every game that we play, looking to pick up points every game that we play.
“We’ll just see where it takes us. “If we just keep doing what we’re doing hopefully we’ll be all right.”
Duff added that the opening day defeat has not deadened Burnley’s belief that they can cope with Premier League life.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche had already addressed the anticipated change in results pattern for last season’s promotion winners ahead of making the step up.
A 3-1 loss at the hands of title favourites Chelsea served as an early reminder of the size of the challenge they face this season.
But Duff is determined not to shy away from it, and believes the experience can serve as a positive platform for the players.
“It’s a steep learning curve but we can go on from here,” he said.
“I don’t think Tom Heaton made a save, which almost sounds silly when you’ve just lost the game 3-1.
“It’s not like we’ve been backs against the wall for 90 minutes.
But that’s what the Premier League is. Sometimes they suck you in to think you’re playing well and just go ‘bang, bang, bang’ and you’ve lost the game.
He added: “We’re a little bit disappointed with a couple of the goals we gave away.
“The second goal’s just a world class goal.
“You don’t come across that sort of vision and that touch every day. It’s not going to be like that every week.
“But there are so many positives to take out of the game, the way we started, the way we kept going in the second half.
“That’s what we do. That’s the minimum we’ll do this year.”