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Burnley brought home a point from Newcastle with a late goal and the two managers were able to speak briefly about the game although home boss Rafa Benitez was busier looking into any potential business they might have in the transfer window.

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But he admitted: “We are in the second half of the table and we have to learn not to give away fouls or concede second balls all the time and when defending set pieces.

“We need to take our chances when we get them and play a little bit better in the counter attack. When we get the ball and have good opportunities to go forward we have to make them suffer in defence.

“The positive thing is we created a lot of chances and we were capable to win the game if we had taken the chances.”

Sean Dyche, who had to work his way through a long injury list before getting a team out was happy with the point. “We’ve shown a lot of character tonight. I’d have taken that after the first half because they were the better side.

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“We still looked like we were finding our feet and it was almost a new group playing tonight, in the sense that they haven’t played that many games together. We weren’t making the connections you need, but that got better in the second half and, in the end, we were the side going for the win, so overall I’m very pleased.”

Asked about the run that hasn’t seen us secure a win since mid-December, he added: ““It’s frustrating when you haven’t won for a while and we are having a tough run at the moment, but we’ve got 35 points on the board and we’re back up to seventh in the Premier League. Also, that’s our 18th point away from home. Last season we got seven so I have to look at the bigger picture, as well as the immediacy and we are improving as a group.

“We are in good shape, and we deserve to be. There are no excuses because injuries happen, but I like my squad and I want the players who come in to experience the Premier League and form another group together. It’s not that easy when you are having to move the squad around, so on balance it’s another good point on the table.”

Dyche finally had a word for the 1,900 Clarets perched up on Level 7 in the Leazes Stand. “I’m pleased for the fans too because they were brilliant,” he said. “It’s a long way up here, and certainly a long way up there in that stand and, in the end, I felt we were certainly deserving of a point.”

 

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