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Published: 23:12 | 15/4/18

Long focused on Europa League spot


Burnley defender Kevin Long says the club is "dreaming of European football" following Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, and will qualify for the Europa League if they end the season in that position unless Southampton win the FA Cup.

They can also qualify automatically for the competition by overhauling sixth-placed Arsenal over the final five games of the season.

The Gunners hold a two-point advantage over Burnley, with the two teams set to meet at the Emirates Stadium in the penultimate fixture of the Premier League season on 6 May.

"It would be massive [to qualify for the Europa League]," the Cork-born defender told the Burnley Express.

"Every footballer wants to play at the highest level, and if you're playing European football, you're going to be doing that.

"And for the fans, you could hear them at the end. The atmosphere was brilliant. They're all dreaming of European football, so we hope we can get that for them.

"Everyone wants to be playing at the highest level. That's what you're waiting for as a young lad coming into football."

The 27-year-old netted his first Premier League goal for Burnley in Saturday's win to extend the Lancashire club's lead over eighth-placed Leicester to nine points.

"It was a massive three points for us," he continued. 

"We knew coming into the game that Leicester were behind us in the league and chasing that European spot so we knew it was going to be a massive game, and to get the three points is fantastic.

"I'm delighted. We worked on it [the corner routine] on the training ground during the week. Thankfully the set-piece came off for us. 

"For it to come off and get your rewards is fantastic."

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