Michael Kightly: Burnley 'coming to terms' with being league leaders

Burnley winger Michael Kightly

Michael Kightly says Burnley are learning to manage the expectations that come with being top of the table.

The winger scored in a that took the Clarets back to the Championship summit on Saturday.

"Being at the top of the league, there is that pressure of winning every game. Everyone expects you to win," he said.

"Everyone around the place expects us to beat teams like Barnsley before we've even played them, and in football that's not how it goes."

The 27-year-old added: "The staff have been a different class and it's something that the players are coming to terms with."

A run of five league games without a win had resulted in Sean Dyche's side being overtaken at the top by QPR and Leicester, who both dropped points last weekend.

The top three are currently separated by just one point, ahead of Burnley's trip to third-placed Leicester on Saturday.

Kightly, who netted his first goal for the Clarets against Barnsley, told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's a massive game but every game is. We'll go there and give a good account of ourselves.

"Let's not worry about thinking that we've got to win this game because there are loads of games after that one," added the former Wolves man, who is on a

"It's an important game - we know that - but it's no different to any other."

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