Jackson not focused on points total

Jackson impressed by Burnley's response

Burnley (2/7 – To Stay Up) interim boss Mike Jackson says he is not getting wrapped up in hitting a specific points tally and is instead just looking to finish above that relegation line in the Premier League.

Jackson has made an immediate impact since being placed in temporary charge of the Clarets following the sacking of Sean Dyche, who was relieved of his duties at Turf Moor with just eight matches of the season remaining.

The 48-year-old earned a 1-1 draw against West Ham in his first game at the helm before guiding Burnley to three consecutive victories, getting the better of Southampton, Wolves and Watford to significantly boost their survival hopes.

Having collected 10 points from the last 12 on offer, the Lancashire outfit have climbed to 16th in the table and are two points clear of 18th-placed Everton, who do have a game in hand and are 4/9 to stay up.

With Leeds (4/7 – To Stay Up) also embroiled in the relegation scrap, the quest for survival looks like it will go right down to the wire and the magical 40-point mark, often the number needed to ensure safety, is sure to be in the minds of those three teams.

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However, Jackson insists he is not looking to hit a specific mark and is instead just focused on doing what is required to stay above the relegation zone come the end of the campaign.

“I’ve not focused a lot on the table – I know when picking up points you’re moving in the right direction and looking at the table can take the focus away. We just need to finish above that line, it’s not about a total,” he said at his press conference.

Burnley are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Aston Villa to Turf Moor and the hosts are 2/1 to claim the spoils, while the draw is priced at 9/4 and the visitors are 7/5 to triumph.

Everton and Leeds are both in action on Sunday, with the Toffees away at Leicester and the Whites making the trip to the Emirates to take on top-four chasing Arsenal.

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Author: Lucille White