March 16, 2017 / 10:28 AM / 4 months ago

Ward hopes Burnley pick up first away win at Sunderland

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REUTERS - Burnley have the perfect chance to get their first away win in the Premier League and end a five-game winless streak when they face bottom-placed Sunderland on Saturday, defender Stephen Ward has said.

Burnley, who are 12th in the league, have drawn twice and lost 12 times in 14 away league games this term. Seven of these losses have come by a one-goal margin including their 2-1 loss to Liverpool last weekend.

"They will be well up for the game and have probably earmarked this one as a game they need to win to give themselves a good chance," the 31-year-old Ward told the club's website.

The two sides have met twice this season with Burnley winning at home 4-1 in the league before drawing away from home in the FA Cup and winning the following second leg at home.

"We performed very well up there in the FA Cup game," Ward added. "I feel if we an go with the same attitude, mentality and performance level we had at Anfield last Sunday, we will give ourselves a good chance of picking up something from the game.

"We have lost a couple on the bounce now and had a couple of draws, so we need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and hopefully we can do that this Saturday."

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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