McDonald hails full-bodied Clarets

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Burnley midfielder Kevin McDonald believes the fitness of the players has been a major factor in allowing the club to challenge in two cup competitions as well as stay in the hunt for promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

The Clarets, who face Arsenal on Sunday in the fifth round of the FA Cup, are seventh in the Coca-Cola Championship having already reached the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

McDonald said: "We've played 47 games and we have still got a few left but the fitness levels here are great and we can't let it get to us."

He added: "The players that have played have done so well to keep us where we are in the cup and the league.

"Graham Alexander is 37 and he has played every game - that's unbelievable.

"If I'm still playing at 37 I'll be very surprised. The experienced players help us through and it makes us a decent team.

"The amount of games we have played is noticeable but it shows you the fitness levels of the boys.

"Everyone gets tired but I think it is mostly in your head but the cup run helps."

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