I’m proud of the team
Having recorded their first win of the season to draw level with opponents Luton Town on four points, the two managers had their say at the final whistle and home manager Rob Edwards was clearly disappointed at the result but not with his team.
After the game, he said: “I am really proud of the players and the performance, I thought they gave everything. They (Burnley) shaded the first half, but in the second we completely dominated them, threw everything at them. We had fifteen shots in the box and scored once so that is an area we know we can improve in.
“We will have disappointments this season and we need to be able to stick our chests out, believe in what we are doing. We are all pulling the same, right direction. The fans will stick with us when they see us putting that effort in. They are proud of these players.”
There were different emotions for Burnley boss Vincent Kompany who saw his team record that first victory. “It feels great,” he said. “We had to battle for it tonight, but it’s three points in the Premier League and I’m proud of the team tonight. I’m really happy for the group, for the fans, the staff and everyone. We knew this team was capable of getting results and it showed tonight.
Relating to some of last season’s performances, he added: “What got us through the Championship was shown tonight and we had plenty of games like this last year. We have such a young team. Players 22, 23, Al-Dakhil 21. They are just going to get better and this was a great experience, a game like tonight, for them. I thought it was a game that deserved its place in the Premier League with two teams that showed that they are going to give everything this season.”
Kompany had a word for his two goalscorers, Lyle Foster and Jacob Bruun Larsen, and he said: “As a manager, you give credit to the players when they do well and you take responsibility when they don’t, and that’s the nature of the job.”
Bruun Larsen: “This moment was entirely him, and he did great to affect the game like that. He has deserved it and I’m really pleased for him. It’s exactly why we got him. He used to be one of the greatest young talents in Europe and he has had a difficult journey, but he has shown tonight a glimpse of what he’s capable of.”
Foster: “It was a shame for him to be ruled out of the last three games after starting strong, but he showed signs of being in a place where he belongs.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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