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Unfinished business for Burn

Dan Burn was happy to address some unfinished business in the Premier League after producing a commanding display in Saturday’s 3-0 opening day win over Watford.

By James Hilsum • 12 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood

The defender expressed his delight at being able to play in the top flight again for the first time in more than five years, and erase the painful memories of experiencing relegation from the division in Fulham’s 4-1 defeat to Stoke City in May 2014.

He said, “I exorcised a few demons on Saturday. That’s the first game I’ve won in the Premier League at the tenth attempt.

“It’s been five years since I last played here when I got relegated with Fulham, so I wanted to go out and prove that I could play at this level.

“It’s been a long time coming and I’m relieved to show people that I can play here, because a lot of people said I couldn’t. I’m really glad for the lads, who put in a good performance.”

The defender spoke about the competition for places at the back following the arrival of Adam Webster, and says it has given him even more motivation to perform.

“A lot of money is spent on footballers nowadays, and Webby adds to the options we have at centre-half. There’s always competition for places, but I’m up for the challenge.

“We’ve got five top centre-halves here and young lads out on loan in the Championship too, so whoever plays has got to fit in well.

“I thought I played well in pre-season and I will always back myself. We’ve got two international centre-halves and we spent £20 million on Webby, so a lot of people may have thought I’d be on the bench. All I can do is my best and hope it’s enough.”

Burn provided an insight into what it’s like working under Graham Potter, and the ways in which the whole squad are buying into his approach.

“He’s very forward thinking and he’s part of the new school of coaches. What also helps is that we’ve got a squad that’s open to change and wants to learn.

“It’s about buying into his philosophy. We know it’s not going to go well every week and there are still lots of bits that we could’ve done better.

“We have the confidence to go out there and play, and we believe that we can get results. We have a lot of video meetings in the mornings regarding how he wants us to play.

“There’s been a lot of time spent in the tactics room, and it’s good that we’ve been able to put those meetings into practice.” 

 

 

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