Ings key to Burnley’s battle

The 22-year-old striker has attracted the interest of top clubs across Europe but will have to find the back of the net at Goodison Park if Burnley are to make the most of their run-in.

Ings, though, has had his leanest striking spell in the Premier League with no goals in the last seven games. Burnley has not score in the last five matches and only recorded one goal in their last six, albeit a goal that secure a win over Manchester City.

But the pressure of a relegation battle could be weighing on Ings, who is key to Burnley???s Premier League hopes.

ccording to manager Sean Dyche, it is when the young striker is free of pressure that the goals start to flow.

???His biggest thing is he puts a lot of demands on himself and that could be where your biggest strength is your biggest weakness,??? Dyche said.

???It???s good that he???s got a real thirst to improve and I think a lot of the players have, it???s part of our belief about how the culture should be here.

???But it has to be balanced with that sort of enjoyment and often say to him ???Play with a smile??? and I think he???s at his best when he does, and we???re looking for him to continue doing that.???

Burnley are two points from safety with six games to play. They have aarguably one of the kindest run-ins of the bottom six teams, with fixtures against Leicester, Hull and Aston Villa offering realistic opportunities take points off their relegation rivals.

Consistency might be key for Burnley but confidence has been central to Dyche???s approach to the season, and the manager says his belief that the team deserve to be in the top flight hasn???t wavered.

???I think my belief was absolute in this team and what it could do this season and I feel it could be in the Premier League again. Simple as that,??? he said.

???I think the team can operate at this level and I think is earning the right to do so and I think will earn the right to do so.???