Burnley must use recent lessons learned in Aston Villa clash – Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson will be hoping Burnley can show the lessons they learned from their recent encounter with Aston Villa when they travel to Birmingham for Thursday’s crucial clash.

Exceptionally, the two league meetings between the clubs take place in a fortnight, and the Clarets will have to put in a better performance than in their 3-1 defeat at home if they are to pick up the point they need to get out of the relegation zone.

“I can’t say too much about it, but we learned a lot as a group,” acting boss Jackson said. “I also learned a lot about myself about what the game was about and what it required.

“We know that now. We knew that day but you learn those little things afterwards sometimes. Right now they don’t go the way you want them to, so you pull the bones out of them.

“There are things we know we could have done better that day, but we still created chances. So take the good out of what we did, but be a little more careful.

Jackson will be hoping some of his injured players will be fit in time for this game or Sunday’s final game of the season against Newcastle.

That won’t include midfielder Ashley Westwood or striker Matej Vydra, both of whom have been out for several months.

Vydra recently underwent surgery for a cruciate ligament injury but, like Westwood and captain-turned-coach Ben Mee, continued to help where he could.

Jackson said, “Everyone in the whole place is trying to do their part and, for them to see their mate come in, hobble, everyone is in on it. It is a great strength.

“For me, that’s it, having them around. They are great characters and players so even if they are not involved, when the group sees them it puts them at ease and they know they are with them and can lean on them .

If Burnley are to escape relegation, they will likely need two strong performances from goalkeeper Nick Pope, who once again showed his quality in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham.

Jackson said of the England stopper: “He was exceptional. It’s been like this for a long time but I’ve also seen improvements in quite a few players.

“It doesn’t surprise me with the hard work he’s doing and I think you’re getting to a stage at the level where he is, where I think that’s what’s expected of him and I think he’s waiting. these standards of itself.

“That’s what the best players have, they have that belief and they work at those levels and they try to keep pushing themselves all the time and he does that. But he’s been great, he’s a really good goalkeeper start.

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