Blake shrugs off criticism

Burnley forward not listening to pundits

Blake: Staying focused

Robbie Blake has insisted the Burnley players will not allow criticism to affect their performances.

The Clarets have made an encouraging start to the season on the back of their impressive home form but they have suffered some heavy defeats on the road.

Weaknesses have been highlighted by television pundits, particularly in defence, and Blake can understand why some of his team-mates might have become infuriated.

However, he believes there is such a strong sense of togetherness in the Burnley camp that it does not matter what is being said about them.

"Pundits are going to knock us. It's a lot easier for me because I'm a forward but I can imagine some of the defenders wanting to punch the TV," said the 33-year-old.

"But we are big enough players and we have to take it. It is high-pressure stuff in the Premier League with things highlighted so much.

"There are no downbeat players in our team - the gaffer would not allow that.

"You can never speak highly of these lads. We are all one unit, there are no individuals, and we all want to stay in this league."

Coyle backing

Burnley have taken just one point from seven away games but Blake is backing the methods of manager Owen Coyle ahead of Saturday's journey to Portsmouth.

"You have to trust the manager and the players," he said.

"The gaffer has got his beliefs and there is no way he wants to change them, and rightly so.

"He has assembled a good group of players who like to attack teams and entertain people.

"He shouldn't have any doubters about where we've come from and he's going to keep playing the same way.

"I don't think he appreciates teams sitting back and trying to get a point or try and keep it to a respectable 1-0 defeat.

"He goes to places fully believing his group of players can cause upsets.

"So far this season we have done that and we will continue that with the way we are playing and we will turn the corner."