Jones happy for chance to recharge batteries

David Jones thanks the fans following the draw against Wolves
David Jones thanks the fans following the draw against Wolves

Midfielder David Jones believes the international break provides the Clarets with the perfect opportunity to re-charge their batteries ahead of the final push for promotion.

Sean Dyche’s squad, minus those on international duty, travelled to Spain last week for a mix of rest, recuperation and preparation in readiness for the last eight games of the Championship season.

David Jones in action against Wolves before the international break

David Jones in action against Wolves before the international break

Jones has made 37 appearances this term, two of those in the FA Cup, and is welcoming the mental and physical rest that the break in the domestic programme will offer.

“We’ve got a close team and good team spirit so it is nice to spend some time together and work on a few things on the training field,” he said.

“There are a lot of games in the Championship so it is good for the mental side, especially at this time of the season, it’s very important. It will do us the world of good.

“We’ve been on a good run recently so it is good to have a bit of a break and to reflect and to re-charge for the last effort of the remaining games of the season.”

We’ve been on a good run recently so it is good to have a bit of a break and to reflect and to re-charge for the last effort of the remaining games of the season

David Jones

The 31-year-old insists the Clarets will learn a great deal from Wolves’ late leveller at the weekend, though they won’t dwell on that setback.

Instead they’ll continue to focus on the positives and retain the ‘one game at a time’ mantra in hope of extending their 15-game unbeaten run.

“It was disappointing but we’ve got to reflect that we’ve been on a good run and we’re still in a good position and we’ve got to take the positives,” Jones said.

“That doesn’t happen often to us, conceding late. But it happens in football.

“We’ve just got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got a break now and then we’ll look forward to a big game against Brighton when it resumes.”

He added: “There are going to be a lot of twists and turns in the last eight or so games – there are going to be some big moments to come. We just have to embrace them and we’ll look forward to the game. We’ve just got to keep looking at the next game and going on with what we’ve been doing because we’ve done a lot of good things recently.”