Clarets defender Duff – ‘We’re all pointing in same direction’

Michael Duff clears the danger.
Michael Duff clears the danger.

In his 10th season with Burnley, stalwart Michael Duff has his eyes set on a second promotion to the Premier League.

The Clarets are second in the Championship table, three points clear of QPR, after the 1-0 win at Bolton on Tuesday night.

Five years ago, Owen Coyle guided Burnley to the top flight via the play-offs, after finishing fifth, but Duff is enjoying being in the hunt for automatic promotion this time round: “I’ve never been top of this league in 10 years. Obviously we’re not top at the minute, but we’re in and around it.

“It’s a hard-working team.

“Someone asked me a while back if I could compare it to the team that went up.

“I think it’s totally different. You just have to look at the average ages of the two teams and it’s completely different.”

Duff feels everyone is pulling in the same direction, the players, staff and fans: “It’s a good team.

“We’re hard working and organised. I think that’s maybe why the supporters have bought in because one thing when you come up here, the least they expect of you is to run around and try to win a few tackles.

“But we’ve got a bit of quality with it as well.

“The gaffer talks about this structure to go and play from. It’s what we do, it’s how we work.

“People say that we’re lucky to keep rolling the same team out, but I think there’s a little bit more behind it than luck.

“We do the right things on and off the pitch.

“It’s more than just 11 players. Although we haven’t got a very big squad, the lads that haven’t been playing have been brilliant around the place. There’s no bitching, no moaning, no sappers as the gaffer calls them. We don’t have any, staff included. The supporters are all pointing in the same direction, all looking for one goal.”