After years of playing behind a settled back four, Pope has to deal with injuries to key central defenders James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, but says the impact of Collins at the back has prevented it from being a disaster.
“Nathan is 21 going on 33, he looks like he has played a hundred league games,” said Pope. “All credit to him.”
Pope has one relegation on his CV with Charlton before he joined Burnley.
“We were cut adrift by February and went down with a few games to spare,” he recalls. “We got tennis balls chucked at us and [plastic] pigs thrown on the pitch.
“I don’t think there will be anything like that at Burnley!”
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