Burnley’s Ashley Barnes admits survival is slipping out of their hands

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has recently admitted that the Clarets are in a precarious position in the fight for Premier League survival this season, with Sean Dyche’s men relying on other teams to lose around them to give them a hope of retaining their top-flight status, reports Sky Sports.

Burnley are currently rock bottom of the Premier League after 35 games this season, with 26 points to their name. They are eight points adrift of safety, with only nine points available from their remaining matches. As a result, they need the sides above them in the table to drop points to give them a chance of survival, as results going against them next weekend could seal their fate.

The players have been struggling for goals all through the campaign, and have been on a woeful run of form of late that has seen them score just one goal in their last nine Premier League matches. Players they were depending on to keep them up are hitting a brick wall at the worst time, and Burnley’s task of survival seems unlikely as their destiny is not in their own hands.

Ashley Barnes says he and the squad will continue to fight to stay up, but concedes their hopes are all but over. He said: “As a group of players we need to step up to the mark. It’s slipping out of our hands but we need to pull it back and win the next three now. We’ll have to pick ourselves up for a massive game at Hull. It’s going to be a massive uphill battle but it’s one that we won’t give up on yet. We’ll give it our all.”

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