DEAN Marney believes Burnley have what it takes to mount a promotion push, after scoring the winner against his old club.
The midfielder’s first half strike was enough to earn a first away win under new boss Sean Dyche at high flying Hull City.
Resisting second half pressure from the Tigers made the Clarets the first team to record a Championship clean sheet at the KC Stadium this season, leaving them three points adrift of sixth spot at the start of a week that sees Burnley at Barnsley tomorrow before Sunday’s derby with Blackburn Rovers And Marney, who won promotion to the Premier League with Hull in 2008 – the year before Burnley also went up via the play-offs the following season, feels the current Clarets are capable of a top six challenge.
“I can see some similarities. That Hull team had great team spirit and worked for each other and I think you saw that with us in the second half,” said the 28-year-old.
“We didn’t play as well as we can but we still ground it out.
“It’s a great result. They’re a good team and have been doing really well so to come here and get three points and a clean sheet is great.
“It was a game of two halves. I thought we played really well in the first half and looked really dangerous on the counter attack and felt comfortable. They gave it a go in the second half but there were some big performances from us.”
After recording a third win and clean sheet in five games under Dyche, Marney added: “The back four were tremendous. The two centre halves were as good as they’ve been all season probably.
“We’re doing a lot of work on the training ground – hard work on defensive shape. It’s not been a problem scoring goals but we were conceding too many. The lads are taking on board what the new gaffer’s saying and we’ve worked well underneath him.”
But after winning the first of three big games in a week, Marney urged the Clarets not to get ahead of themselves.
“It’s only one win, we’re not going to get carried away,” he said.
“We’ll be back in (today) at training to go again on Tuesday.”
Marney will miss tomorrow night’s trip to Barnsley after picking up his fifth booking of the season, but played his part on Saturday with his second league goal of the season.
And he feels there is more to come from him now he is playing in a more attacking midfield role.
“I’ve never looked at myself as a sitting midfielder really,” he said.
“Different managers have different opinions and the old manager thought that was my best position. I felt I could do well there but I felt I could offer the team a bit more energy.
“Since the new manager has come in and I’ve had the more advanced role I’ve been working on my finishing. I’ve missed a few good chances in the last few weeks. But if you don’t shoot you don’t score so at least I was getting in those positions.
“It was a nice one to go in.”
After celebrating in front of the home fans, Marney added: “Probably looking back I regret that a little bit, but I was getting a little bit of stick and I suppose it’s just a reaction.
“It’s only the second time I’ve come back. It’s a different club now, there’s only one or two that are still here.
“I had a really enjoyable time here, getting promoted, but now I’m enjoying my time at Burnley and hopefully we can do the same.”