Striker Gray looking to stay unbeaten against rivals in bid for survival

Clarets striker Andre Gray has stressed the importance of staying unbeaten against their rivals in a bid to avoid being sucked in to a battle for survival in the Premier League.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:42 am
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Burnley started a string of four away games with a 1-1 draw against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium and now move on to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City, who have turned a corner under Paul Clement.

The Clarets hold a seven-point advantage over the Swans while Leicester City’s win over Liverpool on Monday now means that the gap from the bottom three stands at nine points.

Questioned on how crucial it was to avoid defeat, Gray said: “It’s massive, especially when we’re playing the teams around us. It’s good to keep them out of touching distance. It’s important not to lose, try to get the win but if not just don’t lose.

“We’re nearly into the last 10 games now so we’ll keep plucking away. The results went for us so we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and I’m sure we’ll be fine.

“It’s massive. We obviously want to win every game but we just need to stay unbeaten now. We’re in a great position and we’re playing all the teams around us so that’s going to be important.”

He added: “We know that there’s a lot of work to do, it’s not over yet, we know that we’re still in that relegation battle so we’ve got to keep our heads down, keep working hard and hopefully it’ll go our way.

“Hopefully we can [secure survival soon]. With a few more wins, avoid losing and just keep plucking away.

“A lot of teams around us lost so we’ll just keep plucking away and getting the points on the board. We’ll just worry about the next game now.”