JACK Cork believes hard work will be the key to Burnley ending their winless run in the Premier League.

The Clarets have now gone 10 games in the league without success after a 1-0 defeat at Cork’s former club Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

But the 28-year-old said players and staff had always expected to go through a difficult spell at some point this season, even when the wins were flowing in the first half of the campaign.

Until this run began with a goalless draw at Brighton, Burnley had gone a maximum two games without victory this season, but Cork said nothing had changed in the Clarets approach.

“Earlier in the season we were doing exactly the same things but we were nicking it and getting the wins,” he said.

“Now we’re on a different run but these things happen. We knew that it would probably happen at some stage, we’re not stupid enough to think that we’d keep winning or keep picking up points.

“It’s all about how we deal with it and how we get out of it now.

“We need to keep working as hard as we did at the start of the season.”

Burnley will head to Portugal this week for some warm-weather training given they are without a game next weekend due to their FA Cup exit.

That will be a boost to the spirit in the camp but Cork insisted the mood remains strong despite the downturn in form.

“We’ve got a good group of lads who just keep going. The lads won’t let their mindset change and we’ll keep working as hard as we have been doing,” he said.

“The training is still as hard as it was and the intensity is still the same. We’re on a disappointing run but it’s one that we’ll hopefully get ourselves out of soon with two home games coming up.”

Burnley had their moments at the Liberty Stadium and they looked the likelier winner in a poor game until Swansea finished strongly, with Ki Sung-yueng scoring the only goal nine minutes from time.

“We were okay, particularly in the first half,” Cork added. “They came out and started well in the second half and they got the goal. We’re disappointed but we’ve got two home games coming up.”

Cork captained Swansea in this fixture last year and scored for Burnley in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor.

Of his return to the Liberty Stadium he said: “It was tough. We won the one at home and they had this one so 1-1 for the season isn’t too bad.

“I’m just disappointed that we didn’t come away with a win but that’s football.”