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Steve Mounie not giving up on Huddersfield's survival chances

The Terriers are eight points adrift of safety after Wednesday's 2-1 home defeat against Burnley.
By Mark Walker, | 19d

Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie insists his side's daunting Premier League survival fight is no lost cause.

The Terriers' 2-1 home defeat to relegation rivals Burnley has left them eight points from safety at the foot of the table and was also a new club-record eighth successive defeat.

But Mounie has previously been involved in a great escape at former club Nimes and claimed that experience could prove invaluable.

"I've been in a worse situation in my career," the Benin international said. "When I was on loan at Nimes we started the (2015/16) season with minus eight (points in Ligue 2).

"We were in a real struggle in December and we stayed up in the end. For me, it looks like the same situation.

"We made it when I was at Nimes, so why can't we make it here? The experience can help the team and I will give my advice for what I've been through before and try to help the team to face this challenge."

Mounie broke his goalscoring duck for the season against Burnley, who hit back through Chris Wood's equaliser before Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler was sent off for his second yellow card.

Burnley took full advantage against the Terriers' 10 men and Ashley Barnes fired their 74th-minute winner, leaving Mounie to accept his first goal of the campaign was little consolation.

"Obviously I'm happy about my goal because of all the criticism on me, on the striker of the team, so I'm happy about that," he said.

"But the most important thing is to try to get points to stay in this league.

"Eight points (from safety) is three games. Three wins and three losses for the other teams and there are 17 games left.

"Like I said, when mathematically someone comes to me and says 'yeah it's over, it's done' then I will say to myself it is done."

Burnley match-winner Barnes warned his side still had plenty to do to turn their season around after back-to-back Premier League wins.

"We've still got a long way to go this season," he said. "These two wins are a massive boost, but we've got to push on.

"It was a crucial goal, of course, but it's not just about that goal and it's not just about me, it's about the whole team performance and I thought we were fantastic."

Burnley teenager Dwight McNeil was outstanding in just his third Premier League start and Barnes agreed the midfielder is a rising star.

"You could see tonight, he lifts everyone," Barnes added. "Keep giving him the ball and let him do his magic on the pitch.

"He glides past players, so softly, he just glides. He takes people on and dips the shoulder and also comes up with goals. He's one to watch, definitely."



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