Championship Player of the Year Andre Gray insists that the Clarets aren’t feeling any pressure ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Middlesbrough.
The division’s leading pair go head-to-head at Turf Moor midweek in a fixture which is sure to have a significant say in the outcome of the promotion race.
Six wins in succession has handed Aitor Karanka’s leaders a slender advantage in the push for the Premier League but Burnley go in to the clash on the back of an impressive 19-game unbeaten run.
“I’ve thought about it in the last few days and the pressure, but at the end of the day we chose to do this job and that’s what we want to do.
“A lot of people are forced into jobs to pay the bills and work somewhere they don’t want to. That’s pressure, we’re not under pressure, we chose to do this and this is what we’ve got to do. We’ve chosen this path.
“These are the games that you get up for. It’s what you dream of, a top-of-the-table clash. It’s not won or lost on that day, but it’s going to be a massive game.”
Gray, who has netted 24 times this term, added: “We want three points in every game we go into. We want to win. Going in wanting a draw isn’t the right mentality. We’re on a good runbut it means nothing until we get over the line.
“Promotion is the dream, getting into the Premier League is my dream. It’s not pressure, it’s what we do, we enjoy it and if you’re not enjoying it I don’t see what the point is.”
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old former Brentford striker has labelled victory over Birmingham City as one of the ‘biggest wins’ of the season.
Gray, who scored the winner in the 77th minute when guiding George Boyd’s cross beyond Adam Legzdins, believes the victory epitomised the character of the squad in a week where it seemed that the Gods were looking favourably on their rivals.
“I would say it’s one of the biggest, with the results going against us this week,” he said.
“We’ve probably had the hardest game, obviously knowing that we’ve gone in to the game third and seeing the other teams score in the last minute.
“Sometimes you wonder whether you’re going to get any luck. But there’s no luck in this game. It’s down to us, we can’t worry about anybody else, if we do our job then it’ll take care of itself.
“We’ve got a great grit and determination and other teams know that we’re not going anywhere without a fight. That’s guaranteed but I don’t think Brighton or Middlesbrough are going to either.We’re going to fight until the end.
“It’s going to be difficult but somebody is going to be heartbroken come the end of the season. I hope it isn’t us.
“The dream is to get automatic promotion. We’ve come this far now and we want to get over the line. We need to get in the Premier League now. That’s what I want and that’s what everyone else wants.”