James Tarkowski: Cup run can help


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James Tarkowski believes Burnley can profit from a good run in the FA Cup this season and a long stretch in the tournament will aid their chances of avoiding Premier League relegation.

Burnley traveled to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to take on Sunderland in the third round but neither side could break the deadlock as they played out a disappointing 0-0 draw.

Tarkowksi, who was making just his second start of the season for the Clarets, came closest to settling the tie in the north east when his header smacked against the post.

The replay will take place on January 17 at Turf Moor and the hosts will be feeling confident of booking their place in the fourth round, having thrashed the Black Cats on home soil on New Year’s Eve.

An extra game added to the schedule is never what any team wants but Tarkowski, who been given a mere 111 minutes of playing time in the Premier League this term, believes a solid cup run will help the squad in their quest for survival.

He said: “It’s not ideal, I think both teams want to concentrate on the league, but the cup can be important to build confidence and get lads out there who need minutes.”

Sean Dyche’s men are currently sitting 12th in the league, eight points above the drop zone, and this is all down to their home form, with 22 of their 23 points coming at Turf Moor.

Next up for the Clarets is a home clash against Southampton on Saturday and the hosts are priced 3.40 to pick up all three points, the draw is quoted at 3.30 while the Saints are available to back at 2.20.

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