Cork's Kevin Long helps Burnley cement top-four spot in the Premier League

Cork's Kevin Long helps Burnley cement top-four spot in the Premier League
Burnley's Kevin Long warming up during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

BALLYPHEHANE'S Kevin Long is ready to answer the Clarets call after he played the full 90 minutes of Burley's 1-0 win over Stoke City in mid-week.

The former Kilreen Celtic and Cork City defender could be in for a busy Christmas and New Year period after breaking into the team again on a night when Burnley climbed into the top four Champions League places in the Premier League.

The Irish defender started his first league game of the season in the absence of injured captain Ben Mee against Watford last Saturday and continued in that role against Stoke City.

The Republic of Ireland international responded with a flawless performance at centre-back as a re-shuffled back line shared a seventh clean sheet of the campaign for Sean Dyche’s boys.

Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. 
Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. 

It was the first time Long has finished on the winning side in a top-flight game for Burnley after just four previous PL appearances.

But the 27-year-old – who has totalled 34 senior games - has never lost the faith of manager Dyche.

“It was nice to get a run-out – it’s been a while – to shake a few cobwebs off and get out there,” Long said. “All I can do is keep working hard on the training ground, keep myself fit and hope to get an extended run in the team. The lads have been outstanding, as you would gather with flying high up the league, so I can’t complain.

“But I got my chance and helped keep a clean sheet and hopefully I impressed the gaffer. That’s all I can do but when called upon, I’ll be ready every time,” he added.

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