Clarets belong in the Premier League - Keane

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Recent results and performances have shown that the Clarets belong in the Premier League according to defender Michael Keane.

But with Sean Dyche’s side still nestled in the division’s bottom three, the 25-year-old acknowledges the importance of halting a sequence that reads just one win in 12 outings in all competitions.

The Clarets became the first side this season to take points from both the Etihad and Stamford Bridge as Ben Mee cancelled out Branislav Ivanovic’s opener following Nemanja Matic’s dismissal at the weekend.

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Swansea City at Turf Moor, the England under 21 international said: “It’s a massive point, as we’ve shown before we don’t show any fear.

“There’s no pressure when you come to places like this, but we need to carry our form from games like this to our home games and when we play teams around us. Hopefully we can get a few wins.”

Keane added: “We definitely belong. They’re some of the greatest teams in Europe with great players and great managers. It’s a whole team effort, all the subs, all the staff, the manager for having the belief in us.

You go into the changing room thinking that could be massive come the end of the season, and obviously everyone is buzzing with the result.

“We can’t get too carried away though, we’ve got games coming thick and fast now and we need some more points.”

Meanwhile, Keane shrugged off the contention that surrounded the incident between striker Ashley Barnes and Matic by claiming “he didn’t mean it at all” and instead focussed on the positives.

On keeping Spanish international Diego Costa quiet and not conceding from set-pieces, he said: “He’s a great player, he’s proven that at the highest level, but I thought me and Shacks dealt with him really well. We kept him reasonably quiet.

“We were quite solid from set-plays too, which was pleasing because we had done some work on it. The last few weeks we’ve conceded some goals that way and Chelsea are a massive team with some big players, so that was pleasing.”

With trips to Anfield and St Mary’s on the horizon, and home games against Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal just around the corner, many have centred importance on the fixture with Garry Monk’s Swans.

However, Keane feels his team-mates are capable of ruffling a few more feathers among the league’s elite this term.

“You look at our next eight fixtures a few weeks ago and some people might say we’d hardly get any points from that,” Keane said. “We think the complete opposite, we come to these places with freedom and we know we can play our game, we’ve caused every team in the league a lot of problems.

“If we can keep it tight at the back like we did on Saturday we know we can get results and we just need to take this into the game against Swansea, it’s a big game for us and we could do with the three points.”

He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s a must-win but it’s one you’d be looking to win. We want to win all our home games. I think we can win any of our home games but especially against the teams that aren’t really at the top of the league.

“We’ll get a game plan ready and we’ll go for the win. It’s really exciting, results like Saturday spur the players on and make us want more, we’ve got to keep ploughing on like we’re doing.”