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Johann Berg Gudmundsson claims Burnley faces ‘big times’ in a bid to survive

Midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson trust Burnley facing a wide range of fixtures can prove to be important in the decision Premier League fate this season.

Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Wolves means Burnley are on a five-match unbeaten run in the league since they suffered a 0-2 defeat to the champions City of Manchester in mid-October.

However, they still have only one win after 13 matches and are still in the relegation zone, three points behind 17th-placed Watford and three points-bottomed team and Saturday’s opponents Newcastle.

Sean Dyche’s side will face Watford, Aston Villa, Everton and Leeds in their next six games and Gudmundsson is well aware of the need to take points from the teams in the bottom half of the table.

“It was a great period,” said the Iceland international. “The Christmas period has always been massive and especially the games that we have.

“Those are the teams where we think we can take points and we will try our best to do that and hopefully next year we will be in a better position than we are now.

“Great feeling. We thought we were about to hit more points than we actually did. It’s just about finding a good balance of wins, not conceding too many and scoring at the other end.

“There have been a lot of games where we usually sleep and we haven’t done that this season. We are very close to that and I am confident that we will. The staff around the players are also confident.

“There are a lot of games coming up, a lot of opportunities for us to score points. We’ve been in this situation where we might not be playing to our standard but we’ve always been up to it. ”

Newcastle are still looking for their first win of the season after drawing 1-1 with Norwich in midweek, although that could be seen as a good point after Ciaran Clark was sent off in the ninth minute.

“The next game is a big and exciting one,” Gudmundsson said. “Newcastle are still waiting for their first win so there will be a lot of pressure on them. We’re going to go there and enjoy it and try to perform well.

“It’s a good stadium, the crowd is always active there so we need to make sure we get the crowd going against Newcastle a little bit with a good performance.”

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