This is the key to Premier League survival, reveals Burnley chairman

Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz believes the Burnley fans can be the key to Premier League survival.

The Clarets took a crowd of 2,196 to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium last weekend, and they cheered their team on to a last-minute 2-2 draw with the Foxes.

Despite being outnumbered by almost 30,000 Foxes fans, it was the travelling support who could be heard above the roar of support, and Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz believes as if it was the Lancashire-faithful who earned the result.

Speaking to the Advertiser and Times, he said: “The support was terrific on Saturday, it really did lift the team, particularly in the second half.

“It was as good an atmosphere as I’ve witnessed for a long time, and was probably worth a goal or two, spurring the players on.

“Around 2,000 fans made more racket than around 30,000 Leicester fans - in the boardroom, the Leicester directors said the Burnley fans made so much more noise than Manchester United and the other clubs Leicester have played so far at home, which is particularly impressive.”

Burnley have yet to win a game this season, but the two-goal haul registered at the King Power Stadium ended a goalscoring drought that had extended from the opening day of the season. They will be looking to pick up three points on Saturday, with high-flying West Ham travelling to Turf Moor, and Banaszkiewicz is keen to see the fans replicate their support at home.

He added: “We want to replicate that, particularly at home games now, starting on Saturday.”

Manager Sean Dyche also added his praise for the fans, claiming that the draw at Leicester was for them.

Dyche said: “It was nothing more than our fans deserved, I thought our fans were absolutely unbelievable.

“I’ve had some great times here, so have our fans, but that is up there with as loud, raucous and positive as they’ve been.

“They know we need that, I asked for it last season and they got behind us, and we need it got forward as this group develops, learns and improves.”

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