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Burnley earned themselves a draw last night at Nottingham Forest with both managers seeing positives from their team’s performances.

Forest manager Steve Cooper said afterwards: “I thought we were good in the first phase of the game, I thought we played some good football and I thought we got into some really good positions. We didn’t make enough of the positions that we got in. I thought there was a real opportunity to threaten Burnley’s goal and to do more than what we did. I felt that the build up was good; I felt that the positioning was good but in the Premier League you want to be more of a threat than what we showed.

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“We are really disappointed with the goal we conceded, we know we can do better. It’s a great finish to be fair to the lad on the edge of the box but how he’s got there shouldn’t happen, certainly at this level.

“To be fair, second half, we were good again, we got Burnley on the back foot and it felt like there were chances coming. Through that territory and consideration of threatening Burnley’s box, we managed to get one through the brilliance of Callum (Hudson-Odoi) and probably it’s the first goal we’ve scored like that since we got into the Premier League.

“I thought the game after that was a bit stop/start with both teams trying to win. The game opened up a bit too much for my liking. We want to be winning games here; we have won games here but it’s a Premier League game and the opponent is always a level where they can play good football and they can have players who can make a difference and we respect that. Maybe at times last year, we don’t get anything out of games like that. We wanted to win the game but we’ll have to take a point.”

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Vincent Kompany won his first point as a Premier League manager and he admitted after the game: “We have to fight for every point in this league and I thought tonight we really did that. It was a pretty even match and depending on which side of the fence you are sat on, there’s a debate on which side deserved the three points.

“Our team has made so much progress already and there’s so much more to come from these players and you could see that tonight. The work is on the training ground and the work will continue, you can see if every day. Hopefully by Saturday we have made more improvements once again.”

Zeki Amdouni scored the Burnley goal, and Kompany commented: “Being honest, I am not surprised by his goal. It’s normal, it’s what he does in training and what he has in his locker. Zeki is one of these players who can receive the ball under pressure and can get out of difficult situations which then opens up the game once he’s out and that’s key in this league.”

Clearly disappointed with the decision making last night and particularly our disallowed goal, he diplomatically said: “I have a footballing brain and a business degree brain, but when it comes to rules and regulations of the law, there’s not much I can say to be honest. I have made the decision to understand that they (VAR) know what they are doing and I don’t want to go into it too much as it’s done now and that’s it.”

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