Nick Pope: Clarets targeting Cup run


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Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope says the club are eager to enjoy a strong run in the FA Cup this season as they hope to make an appearance at Wembley.

The 24-year-old joined the Clarets, who are priced at 81.00 to win the FA Cup. on a three-year deal from Charlton over the summer but he has struggled to compete with number one Tom Heaton.

The keeper made just his second start for the club in the FA Cup third round clash with Sunderland on Saturday, which ended in a goalless draw.

Pope is likely to feature again in the replay at Turf Moor and he will be hopeful of claiming another clean sheet, having also picked one up on his debut in the victory over Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

Sunderland will take on Bristol City or Fleetwood Town in round four of the FA Cup if they manage to find a way past their Premier League rivals in the replay.

Pope admitted it was nice to get some gametime over the weekend and insists he is dreaming of a Wembley final.

“It was nice to get back out there,” Pope said. “It means the world. Obviously when you’re growing up you watch these games.

“The FA Cup final is always the game that everybody watches every year. It’s a big finale at Wembley so to be involved in this competition is massive.

It’s world renowned. “We looked solid over the 90 minutes and the lads in front of me did really well. It made me settle in early in the game which was really nice.

“I want an FA Cup run and go all the way to the final. We fancy ourselves to go on a cup run and you have to beat the top teams to do that.”

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