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Just when it seemed like Burnley had no answers for a potentially lost Premier League season, they've managed to turn things around - at least for the time being.
The surging Clarets will try for a season-high third consecutive league victory Saturday when they welcome Fulham to Turf Moor.
On Boxing Day, Burnley (5-3-13) had just been routed 5-1 by Everton, were mired in the relegation zone, riding a three-game losing streak and amidst a 1-2-9 stretch within the league. Things looked bleak at the time, but then the Clarets beat West Ham United 2-0 at home on Dec. 30 and took down lowly Huddersfield Town 2-1 on the road Jan. 2.
The back-to-back wins now have the Clarets out of the drop zone and into 16th place, two points above water in the table. Adding to the fun, Burnley made it three straight wins over all competitions with a 1-0 FA Cup triumph over Barnsley on Saturday.
"We've bounced back," midfielder Ashley Westwood told Burnley's official website. "We had a good get-together and I think we've shown in the last two (Premier League) games everyone has been at it and full of energy, like the gaffer is big on. The results have come from it.
"It's not nice when you look down there and see yourselves in the bottom three, but we're not getting carried away. There are still a few big games to come, but if we play like that, we'll be fine."
Burnley last won three consecutive top-flight matches during a five-game run March 3-April 14 last term.
"We know there's a lot of work to be done, but we are beginning to look like our old selves, other than the blip against Everton," manager Sean Dyche said. "The connections are coming back and we are beginning to find our groove, but we have to go again and build momentum. And the only way to do that is to keep performing at the high levels that we know we can."
Now, Burnley have a score to settle with Fulham (3-5-13).
The Whites may currently reside in the middle of the drop zone, but beat the Clarets 4-2 at home on Aug. 26. A pair of Aleksandar Mitrovic goals broke a 1-1 tie in the first half, and Fulham were then able to hold on for the home victory.
The bad news for the Whites, who lost 2-1 to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup last weekend, is that they've been outscored 28-7 whilst going 0-2-9 on the road in the Premier League this season. They most recently lost 4-1 at Arsenal on New Year's Day.
"We need the fire, we need the passion, we need blood, we need everything if we want to be safe," manager Claudio Ranieri told Fulham's official website. "That's the real problem. The desire to do something is important."
A fired-up Ranieri also added: "We know every match is crucial to us, not just Arsenal, not just Burnley, it's important to stay positive."
Updated January 10, 2019