Date: 3rd May 2016 at 7:13pm
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Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has said that he feels promotion this time around for Burnley has been better than in 2014, especially as the skipper believes the players have been more business like and professional this year.

With many pundits talking about the extra pressure and expectation on Burnley this time around compared to two years ago, that’s obviously what Heaton is referencing and speaking to the Official Site in his own post game interviews after on pitch celebrations, the England stopper explained that he was also delighted to have kept 19 clean sheets this year.

‘It`s an unbelievable feeling and it`s different to the first time. The first time was more emotional and we were going on momentum but this one was more business-like. The expectancy was there and the games have been much tighter and the circumstances tougher. We had a lot of tough challenges to face and we met them head on so it probably pips the last one for me.’

He went on to add.

‘Making the Premier League was the main aim and it`s a long hard road. We`ve stood up to the test and a lot of credit goes to the manager and his staff because they set the stall out and we follow.’

With a celebratory pitch invasion and the players being mobbed for the top flight return at the first time of asking, Heaton admitted a special moment with goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer.

‘Bill has been here since I first signed and he brought me into the club with the manager. I`ve worked with him day in, day out and he`s been a massive part of what I`ve done here. More importantly he feeds that desire to make me better and keep trying to push things so I`m so grateful for him and thankful for all his work this season.’

A special pleasure he spoke about as he ended the interview, was the bond and spirit between the group which has more than helped see us through in tricky moments this year.

‘It`s unique in terms of football clubs these days because you don`t often get that bond and closeness but everyone here has a good feel for what we do. The principles we play by are giving everything for this shirt. If I was supporting a club like I do, when you see that you can get behind it win, lose or draw. Long may that continue.’

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