PHIL Bardsley has told Clarets fans to keep on dreaming of Europe after helping Burnley to sixth in the Premier League.

The right-back made his first Premier League start for the Clarets on Wednesday night and excelled in the 2-1 win at Bournemouth that saw the visiting fans revel in a fourth away success of the campaign with chants of ‘we’re all going on a European tour’.

While the Clarets squad and boss Sean Dyche are maintaining their ‘one game at a time focus’, Bardsley is telling the fans to dream.

Burnley head to Leicester this weekend sitting just three points off the top four and ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League table.

When asked about the fans singing about Europe, Bardsley said: “That’s what it’s for for the fans. They pay a lot of money to travel up and down the country week in and week out and they deserve to have a sniff.

“Let’s not get carried away too early, there’s still a long way to go, the Christmas period is vital with a lot of games, if we keep performing like that we’ll pick up more points.”

Burnley have collected 25 points from their first 14 games of the season, and asked how far the Clarets could go this season Bardsley said: “Just keep winning games and keep improving.

“The manager has drilled it into the lads over the last four of five years what he wants. You can see the club is growing, players are improving and everyone wants to get the club as high as possible.

“Had you said two years ago Leicester would win the Premier League everyone would have laughed. I’m not saying we’re going to win the league but we’re trying to improve and go as far we can.

“We’ve got some winnable games coming up as well. It’s credit to the club, it’s what we’ve worked hard for and we strive every day to improve and everyone can see that we’re doing that.”

Bardsley replaced the injured Matt Lowton on the south coast and with the former Aston Villa man ‘touch and go’ for the trip to the King Power Stadium he could be in line to keep his place.

The former Manchester United man was making his 247th Premier League appearance on Wednesday night and as a veteran of many a top flight he believes nothing can beat a success on the road, a feeling the Clarets are getting used to this season.

“There’s nothing better than away wins. It’s phenomenal and it gives you a good feeling in the dressing room after the game,” the 32-year-old said.

“It was thoroughly deserved, we were the better team and we took the three points.

“We’ve got a good team unit and a good work ethic and that takes you a long way in this league. Teams go away from the hard work side of the game and focus on just playing football.

“There’s more to the game than just passing the ball around, you have to be organised, you have to have a good team spirit and good people in the team. We’re growing as a team and we keep improving. If we keep getting results like that we’ll keep climbing the table.”