Ashley Barnes desperate for Burnley to get back to winning ways against Brighton

Ashley Barnes celebrates scoring a goal for Brighton. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Ashley Barnes celebrates scoring a goal for Brighton. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

Ashley Barnes says Burnley have to knock a confident Brighton & Hove Albion side off their stride at Turf Moor tomorrow.

The 29-year-old spent four years with the Seagulls but that will count for nothing tomorrow with the Clarets desperate to end a eight-game winless run.

After finishing seventh in the Premier League last year, Burnley are second from bottom this year with just nine points from 15 games.

The Clarets produced a spirited performance and took the lead against Liverpool on Wednesday before losing 3-1.

They take on a Brighton side tomorrow who have won back-to-back games and are tenth in the Premier League with 21 points.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has already called it 'a big game' and Barnes said: "It'll be a special game for myself. We need to come away with the three points. That's our aim.

"It's huge and these are the teams, outside the top six, that you need to do well against. These are the ones we need to win, these are the teams we need to be picking points up against.

"They're very good and they'll be full of confidence but we've got to knock them off their stride so we can come away with the three points after 90 minutes.

"That first win would be huge and there'd be relief for everyone around the club. Our main aim this year is to stay in the Premier League so we need to get the points as soon as possible.

"If we keep this level of performance (against Liverpool) up against everyone else in this division there won't be any problems. We've got to take each game as it comes.

"This gives us something to build on and we can go again. It can't get any worse for us so we've got to look on the positive side and make sure we do things right.

"The enthusiasm is still there, we need to back each other and push each other to get the best out of everyone. Hopefully that comes out on the football pitch."

Barnes added Burnley need to make Turf Moor a horrible place for visiting teams to play at and said: "Teams don't like coming here. We've got the 12th man with the fans and once you put in tackles the fans get behind you. It gives you a push in the right direction.

"We have to try and get in their faces because they don't like it. No-one likes coming here and it's nice to have that on our side."

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