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We'll continue to fight - Taylor

Published 03/05/2015

Matt Taylor insists Burnley will continue to fight for Premier League survival
Matt Taylor insists Burnley will continue to fight for Premier League survival

Matt Taylor insists Burnley will continue to fight to remain in the Premier League despite the odds now being stacked against them.

A 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday saw Sean Dyche's side drift eight points from safety with just three games remaining.

Burnley created good chances at Upton Park but lost to a Mark Noble penalty after Michael Duff had been sent off for upending Cheikhou Kouyate.

Despite a fourth straight defeat and the possibility of being relegated at Hull next weekend, Taylor says the Clarets will still believe they can stay up.

"We couldn't get the ball over the line, it is difficult to take but we have three games left and we will continue to fight," the former West Ham man said.

"We need to pick up some points. It is all we can do. As a professional footballer who has pride in his performance, we have got to go out there and put in good performances.

"We didn't play badly with 10 men but when you have a player sent off away from home it is always going to be tough."

Dyche echoed the comments of Taylor and admitted a lack of goals - Burnley have now gone over nine hours without registering one in the Premier League - has been their biggest downfall.

"The players will keep going, I'm absolutely sure of that, because I'll keep going," Dyche said.

"It (scoring) is the hardest thing in the game, at any level, particularly this level. That's why you see astronomical fees paid for strikers and attacking players who can create things.

"Over the season I've been happy with the chances we created. There were a couple against West Ham which were really good chances and you have to take them.

Noble scored what was West Ham's first successfully-converted penalty of the Premier League season and the midfielder has now set a target on finishing the campaign in the manner in which they started it.

"Fifty points is in our sights and one more win will get us there," he said.

"Who's to say we can't go and beat that 50-point barrier and finish as high up as we can. It's two clean sheets in a row, which is massive.

"It's much better for us, because if you keep clean sheets you can't lose games and that's what we haven't been doing up until recently."

The last couple of games have been against teams fighting for their lives and I've been in that position so I know how much you have a go.

"We're expected to win against Burnley here, even if they've got 11 men, so there's pressure anyway. As soon as they went down to 10 men, I scored the penalty and that eased it a little bit. We could enjoy ourselves a little bit after that."

Having already faced Leicester, QPR and Burnley in recent weeks, Sam Allardyce's Hammers will still have a big say on the relegation fight as they come up against Aston Villa and Newcastle in the closing fixtures to the season.

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