We have six cup finals - Trippier

Kieran Trippier feels the belief in the dressing room will be vital in six cup finals.

Monday, 13th April 2015, 9:45 am
Kieran Trippier gets to grips with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Burnley are two points adrift of safety after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

But, ahead of the trip to Everton at the weekend, Trippier insists the Clarets won’t give up the fight: “We knew it was going to be difficult coming into this league, and if you look at the start of the season, we didn’t win a game or score a goal, and people were writing us off.

“But we’re still there, still fighting, and they’re six massive games now, which we’ll take game by game as we have done all season.

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Kieran Trippier gets to grips with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

“Hopefully we can get the points we need.

“We give everything, that’s the thing about our team, the spirit, like you saw last season, and the belief in our team is so strong. People see that and hopefully we can get the points we need to stay in this league.”

Burnley have played the top eight in successive games, and now face teams predominantly in the bottom half of the table in their remaining six fixtures, and Trippier added: “We’ve got teams around us and we’re all fighting for the same thing, so we’ve got to just believe in ourselves and as individuals and hopefully that will take us through.

“All the teams have spent millions, like it was in the Championship, so we knew it would be difficult but we’ve all stuck together after the first tough 10 games.

Kieran Trippier feels the pain of defeat at the final whistle

“Most of the boys hadn’t played in this league and we were finding our feet, but we stuck in there and the belief has been brilliant even when we’ve not been winning games.

“You see around the training camp, nobody is down, everyone is full of spirit and we have six cup finals now.”

The former Manchester City youngster was frustrated to lose to the Gunners: “The goal we gave away, there was a bad pass in the middle, but I thought we could have defended it.

“But that’s the difference in that league, you give chances to a team like Arsenal and they put it away.

The Clarets won't be coming up against the likes of Alexis Sanchez in the remaining six games

“We had a couple of opportunities and it didn’t happen for us, and that’s why we’re disappointed.

“I was speaking to Heats and I can’t remember them testing him. Second half Sanchez had a good opportunity, but apart from that we defended well, got our blocks in and we’re disappointed we didn’t come out with a point in the end.

“We’re playing Arsenal, a world class team, we’re just frustrated at how we conceded the goal, and that’s what hurt us.

“They’re on a run of form, and it says a lot that we’re disappointed we didn’t get the points, but we move on to Everton.”

Trippier came close with a free kick saved by David Ospina, but the man who has put more crosses over than anyone in the Premier League this season was annoyed at his delivery: “I thought my defending was okay but my attacking was poor, every time I tried to cross the ball I hit the first man and I’m disappointed in myself for that.”