'He won't panic' - Paul Robinson responds to Jim White's Burnley 'surprise' comment

Former Burnley goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed that he was “never worried” about the Clarets succumbing to a relegation battle this season.

Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sean Dyche’s men are currently 17th in the table, but are also eight points clear of the drop zone with 16 games left to play.

The Clarets did suffer a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Championship side Bournemouth on Tuesday night, however, with the manager naming a vastly different starting XI to the one that drew 1-1 with Brighton on Saturday.

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Despite that setback Robinson has insisted that the Turf Moor outfit will have enough left in the tank to secure their top flight safety for another year.

Speaking on Sky Sports News’ coverage of Tuesday night’s clash against the Cherries, host Jim White said: “Burnley continue to surprise me.

"Just when you think they’re going into a game and they’re not going to do anything, they come out on top and they win it.

"For example, going to Anfield and winning.”In response, former England number one Robinson said: “Sean Dyche’s priority, without a doubt, is staying in the Premier League.

"I’ve never been worried about them.

"Yes, they have flirted around that bottom three, bottom four for quite a bit of the season, but their points difference, the gap between themselves and the bottom three, is that big now that I think they will be safe this year.

"I’ve worked very closely with him [Dyche]. He won’t panic, nothing will change. He’ll stick to his methods. He know what he’s doing, week in and week out.

"He’s got a very good staff, and I was never worried about Burnley getting relegated because if you look at the result they got at Anfield, they can go to these places and they can get results.

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"They got a decent draw at home again at the weekend against Brighton, but without a shadow of a doubt, Sean Dyche’s priority this year is Premier League safety.”

Burnley's next match in the Premier League sees them come up against Crystal Palace before host two of the bottom three, West Brom and Fulham, in back-to-back clashes.