Midfielder Matt Taylor believes anything is possible in the Clarets’ quest to make a great escape.
The 33-year-old missed a crucial penalty against Leicester City at Turf Moor at the weekend, with visiting striker Jamie Vardy capitalising just 59 seconds later to net the winner.
That defeat left the Clarets five points adrift of safety in the Premier League with just four fixtures remaining, but Taylor pointed to the example set by Nigel Pearson’s side as inspiration.
The Foxes looked destined for an immediate return to the Championship as the curtains came down on March, but four wins on the bounce has seen the club clamber out of the relegation zone.
“You look at Leicester and they have won four on the bounce,” Taylor said. “It’s achievable. We are not playing badly and I think today we were arguably the better team but ultimately we haven’t come away with anything so it counts for nothing.
“The margins are so slim at this level between winning and losing and we were on the wrong end of it today.
“I thought we were the better team but Leicester have ground out another win and we need to do that and pick up some points.”
Taylor added: “There are still four games left and until anyone tells us it’s mathematically certain in terms of our status in the Premier League then we will keep fighting.
“That’s the players we’ve got here and that’s the manager we’ve got here. We’ve got four massive games left and we’ve got to keep doing everything we can. That’s the realism.”
Taylor has never been relegated from England’s top tier. The midfielder - back after eight months out with an Achilles problem - is in his 11th season in the top flight having played for Portsmouth, Bolton and West Ham.
Ahead of the trip to the Boleyn Ground to face his former employers, he said: “There is still an opportunity that we can do something. There are still four games left. It’s not the end of the season.
“It’s a tough situation we are in, but it’s what you play football for. It’s the best league in the world and we have four more games and four more opportunities to stay in it.”