The International break came at a good time for Burnley as Sean Dyche men were able to take a break from Premier League action for a week. the Clarets sit just two points above the drop zone and have been getting mixed results of recent.

Their last match at home to Leicester was a good game to pull clear of the relegation battle and it looked like that would happen after Harry Maguire’s early red card. However,Burnley would fail to capitalize on this as they lost 2-1 as Wes Morgan secured a late victory for 10-man Leicester.

One of Burnley key defender Phil Bardsley believes that Burnley are ready to face the last quarter of the season. Bardsley alongside his teammates not on international duty were given some days off by manager Sean Dyche to rest ahead of the weekend.

Bardsley in an interview revealed that it was a good initiative from the coach as it gave them that opportunity to refresh their mind and body for the run-in.  He also spoke on the team’s disappointment after the defeat to Leicester and urged his teammates to up their performances for the next two big fixtures.

Burnley have two huge home games at home to high flying Wolves and a relegation six-pointer against Cardiff with a trip to Bournemouth in between both matches. The Clarets would have to be at their best as these three matches could have a bearing in how the table would look like come May.

This season has been a far cry to last season when the club finished in a league-high seventh position.

The defence which is the strength of the team has been shaky this season as Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have not played to the heights of last season. Burnley should have enough in them to survive the relegation battle this season.


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