Burnley assistant boss Ian Woan: FA Cup tie offers confidence boost

Burnley assistant boss Ian Woan says their FA Cup third-round tie against Huddersfield can provide a useful boost for the players.

Burnley are 18th in the Premier League table with only one win, secured against Brentford in October.

The 3-1 loss at Leeds on Sunday was a third defeat in four matches for the Turf Moor outfit, who are two points adrift of safety with a game in hand over 17th-placed Watford.

Woan – overseeing things in the absence of Sean Dyche after the manager tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week – told a press conference: “We’ll be planning like it’s a Premier League game.

“It is important. You’ve got to go and win matches, it breeds confidence. It’s an old adage, but we want to be winning games and we want to get some confidence through the squad.

“We’re not shying away from the fact that we’re a little bit short on that at the moment. So any sort of positive…

“You’re watching the lads in training, the way they are behaving and training is top-drawer. But winning a game of football – there’s no negative to that. We’ll be doing everything we can on Saturday, whatever we can to win.

“You look at the players and they are in a good place, it’s just – win an ugly one. Just get that next win over the line, and then that just breeds confidence and hopefully sets us off on a little run.”

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