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Burnley and Middlesbrough fought out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor tonight and it looks very much as though Aitor Karanka has continued to lose the plot after this game. He walked out recently, and this week has opted to make unnecessary comments about our club and tonight he’s criticised the way we play.

His side have been benefiting recently from stoppage time goals but after Michael Keane rescued a point for the Clarets, Karanka said: “That’s football. We scored goals in the last minutes against Reading and Bolton and tonight they’ve scored a late goal against us.

“The only difference was the way we scored our goals because we always try to play good football and they played just with long balls so that was the difference but they scored. We had our chances to score a second goal and the third but with George’s (Friend) injury and Gaston’s (Ramirez) injury I had to make substitutions.

1415 burnley sean dyche 02 600“We had the game under control but because of the injuries they scored with long balls. It’s difficult to understand with that squad just to play long balls but that’s their style and it was good for them. But when you have the players with the quality that they have …….

“I like to look at myself and if you look at the games against Reading or against Bolton we like to try to play football, but it’s my decision. It’s our style and for that reason I am very proud of them because when we lose we lose with our style and when we win, we win with our style.”

For a more sensible and considered view of the game, Sean Dyche said afterwards: “It was a fantastic finale and fully deserved. I think our fans have seen our team give everything tonight, not just the will and drive, I thought some of the quality tonight was excellent against a very good side.

“But those fans were outstanding tonight. I said a few weeks ago they were a bit quiet and they have to be more patient with the team and that’s how we want Turf Moor to be.  There was a fantastic feeling inside the stadium and they thoroughly deserve to witness that goal because I think it’s fair to say, with how dominant we were in that second half, that it would have been a travesty if we’d not got a point.

“Their players have thrown their bodies on the line and hardly had a shot in the second half. The only disappointing thing for me is that for their goal it’s not a free kick. That’s how important these decisions are because they spoon one into the box, we don’t deal with it and they nick a goal.

“Other than that the mentality, the quality and energy was absolutely outstanding tonight and that all bodes well for the coming games.

“It’s important now that we remain focused on what the challenge is. The next one is a big one, as is the one after that and the final one. But for now, we look forward to Friday.”

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