Clarets must stay calm in promotion race, says Micky Mellon

Five more points will do it – Micky Mellon wants Burnley to keep calm in the promotion race

Five more points will do it – Micky Mellon wants Burnley to keep calm in the promotion race

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MICKY Mellon has urged Burnley to keep faith with the methods that have kept them in the top two for practically three quarters of the season, and pave the way to promotion.

The Clarets still need a maximum of five points to secure a return to the Premier League, with four Championship games remaining, following defeat at home to Middlesbrough.

Although it equated to the side’s first back-to-back Turf Moor defeats since November 2011, it was only their second home loss all season.

Former midfielder Mellon is confident it will not derail their prospects of going up automatically, providing they abide by the team ethics, resolve and resilience that the ex-Claret feels have served them well all season.

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“It’s just about keeping your nerve and remembering what got you there, to this stage, and sticking to that plan,” said the Scot, who speaks from experience having been instrumental in Burnley’s promotion season of 1999/2000.

“You’ve got to trust what you’ve done all season. You’re not there by fluke.

“You’ve played all these games that have got you here.

“The philosophy is to do what you’ve been doing because you’ve seen what gets results.

“It’s down to good management and good players playing at the top of their game.

“Individuals is for tennis or golf, it’s a team game and they all stick to the script. It’s very obvious to see they work hard on that.

“They don’t get disappointed if they don’t get the ball or they come under pressure because they know what their jobs are and have the necessary resilience.”

He added: “The work-rate and honesty has been really refreshing.

“It’s great to see a team that’s not got massive budgets of other teams doing well, otherwise it takes all hope for everybody if it’s always about money. It’s like a go-kart race where the best car wins.”

Burnley are in pole position for promotion, having spent only 12 games outside of the automatic promotion places since the 2013/14 campaign began.

They go into the Good Friday derby at Blackpool eight points clear of third placed Derby County.

It is possible that, should the Clarets win at Bloomfield Road, promotion could be sealed hours after the final whistle, with the Rams playing Doncaster Rovers in an evening kick-off.

Anything less than a win for Steve McClaren’s side will guarantee an automatic top flight return for Burnley, otherwise the promotion race will go into the Easter Monday fixtures. But Mellon says they cannot allow outside influences to dominate their thoughts.

“All you can do is focus on the next game and your own task, which for Burnley the next thing is to go and get something at Blackpool,” he said. “If everyone gives a seven or eight out of 10 performances and concentrates on that, Burnley will be fine.

“Forget about anything else that’s happening, just go out there and have that expectation for yourself and for the team. The problems will be when someone comes off plan.

“But I don’t expect that to happen.

“There’s a certain calmness that’s coming out of Burnley Football club.”

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10:44am Wed 16 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Sean Dyche will not allow any complacency or nerves to creep into the group.

We just need to do what we have been doing and we will get the points we need - I fancy us to beat Blackpool and then if that is not enough I also think we will beat Wigan on Easter Monday to confirm promotion.

We ARE Premier League.
Sean Dyche will not allow any complacency or nerves to creep into the group. We just need to do what we have been doing and we will get the points we need - I fancy us to beat Blackpool and then if that is not enough I also think we will beat Wigan on Easter Monday to confirm promotion. We ARE Premier League. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 19

10:46am Wed 16 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

There is calmness emanating from the club. And iIts this this that so gets up the nose of our critics. A single win out of four games for us and a single draw out of four games by Derby sees us cross the line.

Keep Calm and Support Burnley!
There is calmness emanating from the club. And iIts this this that so gets up the nose of our critics. A single win out of four games for us and a single draw out of four games by Derby sees us cross the line. Keep Calm and Support Burnley! RobH2O
  • Score: 17

12:16pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

Sean Dyche has it all in hand. The players know what is needed and will secure that 2nd spot on Easter Monday. We are closer to Leicester than Derby are to us. If we'd just gone 8 points clear of Derby by beating Middlesbrough then we'd consider ourselves up.
Sean Dyche has it all in hand. The players know what is needed and will secure that 2nd spot on Easter Monday. We are closer to Leicester than Derby are to us. If we'd just gone 8 points clear of Derby by beating Middlesbrough then we'd consider ourselves up. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 12

4:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Sean Dyche will not allow any complacency or nerves to creep into the group.

We just need to do what we have been doing and we will get the points we need - I fancy us to beat Blackpool and then if that is not enough I also think we will beat Wigan on Easter Monday to confirm promotion.

We ARE Premier League.
Exactly Up The Clarets Long Live Turfmoor
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Sean Dyche will not allow any complacency or nerves to creep into the group. We just need to do what we have been doing and we will get the points we need - I fancy us to beat Blackpool and then if that is not enough I also think we will beat Wigan on Easter Monday to confirm promotion. We ARE Premier League.[/p][/quote]Exactly Up The Clarets Long Live Turfmoor Burnley59/60
  • Score: 5

9:53am Thu 17 Apr 14

garry_stockton says...

We will do whatever is needed to get to the land of money...............
...
I only wish I could be there on Friday to support the best team in Lancashire.
Ginger God will ensure no slip up at Blackpool, and the fans of the seaside donkeys will once again turn on there Team and Chairman.
My biggest worry is the situation of fans drinking all day , watching the second match (Derby) and everything kicking off in Blackpool centre.
The authorities have got the arrangements all wrong, Burnley fans please enjoy yourselves as I will !! but dont give our jealous neighbours more fuel to ruin what has been a magnificent campaign so far. Come on Burnley you deserve it UPTC
We will do whatever is needed to get to the land of money............... ... I only wish I could be there on Friday to support the best team in Lancashire. Ginger God will ensure no slip up at Blackpool, and the fans of the seaside donkeys will once again turn on there Team and Chairman. My biggest worry is the situation of fans drinking all day , watching the second match (Derby) and everything kicking off in Blackpool centre. The authorities have got the arrangements all wrong, Burnley fans please enjoy yourselves as I will !! but dont give our jealous neighbours more fuel to ruin what has been a magnificent campaign so far. Come on Burnley you deserve it UPTC garry_stockton
  • Score: 1

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