Jack Cork says next weekend’s game with Cardiff is getting ‘more and more important’ but insists the Clarets’ focus is fully on the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.

With Huddersfield and Fulham already relegated, there is just one more spot to be avoided. Cardiff, who are due at Turf Moor next Saturday, occupy the final place, with Burnley in 17th despite last weekend’s win over Wolves.

That moved Sean Dyche’s men to 33 points and ended a run of four consecutive defeats ahead of the trip to the Vitality Stadium.

Southampton and Brighton are two other teams involved in the battle against the drop, while Newcastle in 14th will still want a few more points to feel comfortable.

But concentrating on this weekend, midfielder Cork said: “There are some tough games but there’s none bigger than the next one against Bournemouth which is followed by Cardiff at home.

“I guess we’ve been looking at that one for a long time now. If you looked at it in January you could see that it was probably going to be the biggest game of the season. It’s getting more and more important the further we go.”

Burnley were impressive 2-1 winners on the south coast, and won the reverse fixture in September 4-0.

However, no team outside the top six has lost fewer home games than Eddie Howe’s side, and Cork isn’t underestimating the task at hand.

He added: “They’re always a tough team. They’ve got great attackers, great players all over the pitch and they play a good style of football.

“Any game away from home in the Premier League is difficult. It’ll be a tough game for us but one we’ll be ready for.

“We got a good win there last year and we’ll be aiming to do something similar to that.”

Sean Dyche marked 300 games in charge of Burnley last weekend with a crucial win over Wolves.

He guided the club to seventh last season, and will hope to ensure Premier League football at Turf Moor for a fourth consecutive season come May.

“He’s done a great job and it’ll be even better if we stay up this year,” said Cork, who has started all but one Premier League game this season.

It’s been a difficult year, we had a difficult start so to get control and hopefully bring us out of it would be great. He’s done great over the years with two promotions, taking the club back up after relegation. It’s not often you see managers staying at clubs this long. He’s done well.”

Burnley have given their hopes of avoiding the drop a shot in the arm with their post-Christmas form. The 2-0 win over Wolves was a seventh win in the 15 games since a 5-1 Boxing Day humbling at the hands of Everton.

And Cork added: “It’s been a difficult season. It was a really enjoyable one last year but we’ve had pressure on us throughout this season and it would be a big relief if we can stay in this league for next season. We were on similar points to Fulham and Huddersfield at the turn of the year and look where they are now. We’ve managed to pull ourselves out of it.”