It was a hard fought point
Burnley have returned from Middlesbrough with a point from a 0-0 draw but it was a result that disappointed home boss Steve Agnew who felt his side deserved more from the game than a solitary point which is not of any great help to them in 19th place in the league.
Speaking after the game he said: “I think the chances came in the second half. Alvaro (Negredo) had the over head kick and there was Stewy Downing’s free kick that was going in but cleared off the line.
“I thought the lads were terrific in terms of their effort and commitment, and I thought we deserved to win the game.
“You have to give Stewy credit, he stood up and did everything he could’ve done. That’s the quality that he and the rest of the players have. It was a game that we’re disappointed to not have won.”
He brought on strikers Negredo and Patrick Bamford during the second half and Negredo came closest to breaking the deadlock. “He’s a terrific player and finisher,” Agnew said. “When the ball came across you’d back him to score with his left foot. He did everything right and the keeper made a wonderful save.
“Patrick was good on the last man. He had a bit of a point to prove having not played much at Burnley and I think on another day if he’d have stayed on his feet and it hadn’t have been a free kick then he was through on goal. I could sense that if it wasn’t a foul he’d have gone on to score.”
We might still be looking for that elusive first away win, but Sean Dyche was pleased with the point that takes us to 12th place in the league with 36 points.
“It was a hard fought point,” he admitted. “A lot has been made of them having a hard run but we know how difficult it is here. They are a good side who we knew would have to throw caution to the wind and we came strong in the second half, so in the end I think it was a fair result.
“Robbie has nearly scored with two good free kicks and Tom has made a terrific save in the second half from their big chance.
“I thought we were very resolute throughout to be honest and perhaps the one gripe I have of my side is that we get in some fantastic positions and lack that moment of quality. We had three or four unbelievable situations today, but certainly in the end there was no lack of effort and we put our bodies on the line when it got tough.
“I take great pride in that. The beauty of the game is there for all to see, but you have to do all the nitty-gritty, all the ugly stuff and the hard stuff and we are very fortunate, when you think of the support we’ve got.
“Those fans here today were unbelievable again, not just in numbers but in voice as well because the one thing they have at Burnley is a team who will give them everything, and they got that again today.
“There’s been a hint of frustration with our away results all season because I think some of our performances have warranted more than we’ve got, but it is tough in the Premier League and it’s another clean sheet and another point on the board at the end of a big week in which we’ve picked up four more points to the total.”Share this page :