Hull v Burnley: Clarets’ positivity has never dipped – Duff

Burnley's Michael Duff is pictured being sent off at West Ham last week. Burnley successfully appealed the decision and Duff can face Hull City today (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).
Burnley's Michael Duff is pictured being sent off at West Ham last week. Burnley successfully appealed the decision and Duff can face Hull City today (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).
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Defender Michael Duff claims Burnley are still alive and kicking in their now desperate battle for Premier League survival.

The Clarets, bottom of the table after six games without a win, will be relegated back to the Championship if they fail to beat Hull City at the KC Stadium today.

Burnley have earned plenty of plaudits for their battling performances this season, but a lack of goals has undermined their chances, just one being scored in the last nine games.

Duff, who is available to play after last week’s controversial red card against West Ham was rescinded, insists spirits have not sagged and the squad will give everything in one final push to maintain top-flight status.

The 37-year-old said: “It is hard to explain to people on the outside but, at any point during the season, if you’d have walked into the dressing room and been told this group was around the bottom of the table, it would have been hard to believe.

“That’s because there’s such positivity and that won’t change. We are still alive and we’re still kicking.

“It is going to be hard. We are under no illusions where we are or what we have to do. We are fully aware of what we need to do but while there’s a chance there’s still positivity.”

Now with no margin for error, Burnley have to start taking chances in front of goal. Their last goal, scored by former Hull City player George Boyd, secured a shock win over Manchester City in March, but they have failed to strike in 569 playing minutes since.

Manager Sean Dyche said: “I am expecting another tough Premier League game. Steve (Bruce, Hull manager) is someone I like and respect and, I imagine, he would have thought his season would be a lot more comfortable – although he is long enough in the tooth to know how hard the Premier League is.

“He does know that we will be going hard at it. He will be well aware of that from playing us before this season. It is for us to turn up and give a performance.”