It’s not over yet! Burnley defender Trippier

HOPEFUL: Kieran Trippier
HOPEFUL: Kieran Trippier

KIERAN Trippier hasn’t given up hope of closing the gap on the top six in the remaining 10 games.

The Clarets looked like moving within six points of Brighon in sixth place on Tuesday night, only to concede a late equaliser at home to Barnsley.

As things stand, they are eight adrift, pending the weekend’s results, with Burnley’s next game at home to Hull City on Monday night (kick-off 7-45 p.m.).

But Trippier was in defiant mood after the draw with his former club: “It’s not over yet. We’ve got 10 games left.

“We need results to come our way and us to win and we can be up there.

“But I believe in the team we’ve got and the manager we’ve got and the staff that we can still do it.

“We need to start again, get the result and feel confident in every game to get in the play-offs.

“We don’t want to look downwards, we want to look up.

“Since the manager’s come in he’s tightened everything up and done very well.

“We need to keep thinking positive, and I still believe we can get in those play-offs.”

Burnley will go for an eighth-successive win over the Tigers in front of the cameras, with the derby at Blackburn next Sunday also looming large.

But Trippier is only looking towards Hull: “It doesn’t really matter if we’re playing in front of the cameras or not.

“We need to be focused and get the result we need and kick on to the play-offs.

“Right now, Blackburn is just another game. We don’t want to look too far forward, we want to concentrate on Hull and then the following game.

“We’ll concentrate on Blackburn when it comes round and hopefully get the win that everybody wants – the fans most of all.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league, whether we’re above or below them we’ll still do our best for the fans and the club to beat them, and any other team we play against.”

And the former Manchester City youngster feels the squad will be getting a welcome boost at a good time, with Ben Mee, Michael Duff, Ross Wallace and Dean Marney closing in on a return to fitness: “We know the quality Ben Mee has, and when he comes back it will be a massive boost.

“We’ve got Dean Marney, Ross Wallace and Duffo obviously to come back fit.

“We need that boost.

“They’re all coming back close to fitness so it would be great to get them back in.

“But David Edgar’s come in and Marvin (Bartley) and Kaca (Alex Kacaniklic) has come in and done very well – they’ve all done well to say they’ve not played that much.

“They’ve stepped up to the mark.

“There’s more pressure this season than last season – we’ve got two to every position now, sometimes three.

“Everyone’s fighting for the shirt and you’ve got to put a performance in because there are people waiting to step in.

“We have players who can do that.

“Deano and Chris McCann were injured and we had Marvin and Eddy coming in and doing a job.

“There are a lot of shirts up for grabs.”

And he was disappointed not to hold on for the win on Tuesday: “It was a frustrating game. We were 1-0 up and in the first half we looked comfortable but in the second half they put a lot of pressure on us. “We struggled to get that (second) goal.

“The decision on Charlie Austin, it could have been a penalty and if we did get that we would have scored and it would have been game over.

“But they came back well and scored a decent goal and we struggled to put our chances away.

“Winning at Charlton gave us confidence going into this game and we took that early lead and I thought it was going to be our day.

“But give credit to Barnsley, they bounced back.”

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