Duff admits Clarets need to win at least three games

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Defender Michael Duff feels Burnley need to win at least three of their remaining four games to have any hope of beating the drop.

After the midweek fixtures, the Clarets are five points adrift of safety.

A trip to West Ham is next up tomorrow, before Burnley travel to Hull City.

They take on Stoke City in their final home game, and end the season at FA Cup finalists Aston Villa.

And Duff admitted: “I think we need to win at least three.

“There’s no point worrying about other people, but I’d imagine if we don’t win three, it probably won’t be enough.

“I think we put pressure on ourselves to go and win every game, sometimes you reflect on games and say ‘yes you’d have probably taken a draw’, but I don’t think draws will be enough now.

“Four draws from the next four games, I’d imagine we’ll get relegated.”

Come what may, Duff, the only survivor from Burnley’s last season in the Premier League in 2009/10, insists if they are to go down, they’ll go down fighting: “We’ve worked too hard to get here, we’re not a team like some of the other teams who are in and around it who have got Premier League players who have spent their whole career in the Premier League.

“We’ve got a lot of players who have come from a lot lower down.

“I think you can see that in the performances, the lads are working their socks off.

“We maybe need a little bit of a break, something to go our way, but in the next four games win, lose or draw the opposition will know they’ve been in a game.

“Whether it’s enough or we’re good enough to stay up, I can’t tell that but we’ll have a go.”

Duff’s return to the side has helped tighten things up defensively – Burnley have shipped eight goals in as many games, having conceded 17 in the previous eight.

But, conversely, the Clarets have only scored once in eight games, and have gone 480 minutes without a goal.

Duff explained: “It’s the hardest thing to do in football, it’s why the top players – the ones who score goals – go for £80m or £90m, because it’s the hardest thing to do.

“But I think the disappointing thing is we have created chances in the past few weeks, and we’ve just not taken them.

“It’s a team game, it’s a squad game, we’re all happy to take the plaudits together, so when we’re having a tough run, we’ll stick in together.

“It’s the mentality of the club, from the manager down, and nothing will change.”

Burnley could have broken their goal drought with a spot kick against Leicester on Saturday.

However, Matt Taylor saw his effort hit the outside of the post, after sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way, and within 60 seconds, the Foxes scored what proved to be the winning goal through Jamie Vardy.

The players would have no need to console the former Hammer, ahead of his return to Upton Park, however: “It’s the life of a penalty taker.

“You get all the glory, but you’re going to miss one every now and then.

“He’s spent his whole career in this league, and he’s big enough and experienced enough to deal with a penalty miss.

“No-one’s going to beat him with a stick over it, he’ll probably beat himself more than anything, but all the lads will stick together, we’ll pick the bones out of the performance and move forward.”