JACK Cork believes Burnley can be pleased with their progress this season despite seeing their unbeaten away run ended by leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

The Clarets suffered a 3-0 reverse at the Etihad and dropped to eighth in the table as a result.

But midfielder Cork believes Burnley’s display points to progress as they prepare for a home clash with Newcastle on Monday.

“The club has progressed massively over the last few years,” said the 28-year-old.

“There have been some good performances and we’re disappointed that we couldn’t keep it closer at the end. It is a sign of how far we have come.

“We can’t be down from this because they’re on a great run. Teams have come here and come off a lot worse than we have. We’ve got nothing to be worried about. We’ve had a great start and we can keep that going.

“We’ve been great away from home recently. They’ve been in great form but we’ve been in great form as well.

“You can’t really look at them as a team that is so far ahead of everybody else.

“You’ve got to go there, give it your best and hope that you can get through it. We’re in good form in the Premier League so we were hoping that we could match it.”

Burnley have picked up eight of their 13 top flight points on the road this season despite a testing run of fixtures and Cork admitted there was disappointment in the away dressing room that the Clarets had not been able to add to that total at City.

Sean Dyche’s side fell behind to a controversial Sergio Aguero penalty after Bernardo Silva had gone down under minimal contract from visiting keeper Nick Pope before Nicolas Otamendi doubled City’s lead with a header from a set piece - usually an area of defensive strength for the Clarets.

Cork added: “We didn’t really start playing until they’d scored to be honest so I’m not really sure how long it would have taken for us to get going unless they did score. It’s disappointing that we were 2-0 down from goals that we don’t usually concede.

“With the penalty I’m not sure whether he’s left his foot there for Popey to get the touch on him but he doesn’t seem to happy about it.

“Then there’s the corner which we don’t usually concede from. They haven’t really worked too hard to get through the middle of us or to create something. “From that we’re trying to press and then they get the third one. The goals that we conceded are disappointing because they haven’t had to work for them. It is a little bit disappointing but they did have large spells of the ball.”