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Duff's Christmas gift for dad

27 December 2012

Michael Duff ends goal drought to secure Clarets' win

Michael Duff delivered a goal for the Clarets and his dad as he helped Burnley kick off the second half of their season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Derby County.

Duff headed the Clarets’ second goal to guarantee a first victory in six games after Sean Dyche’s men had been held to a draw in four of their previous five matches.

And after propelling Burnley to Boxing Day success and a double over the Rams, the defensive stalwart admitted his first goal since April 2011 and only the seventh of his Clarets’ career was long overdue.

“I don’t get many and I don’t get enough really,” said Duff.

“It’s something my dad still has a go at me about – even though I’m nearly 35!

Michael Duff's header goes over the line

“I don’t know what it is. When I run into their box I can’t head it. When it comes into our box I’m all right.

“It took the referee a long time to give it but I enjoyed it and had a little slide in front of the family, so I think they enjoyed it as well.”

Duff’s father John was among his guests in the players’ box as they watched the Clarets keep a first clean sheet since their last victory at Hull in November.

And allied to a first-half strike from Charlie Austin – his 23rd goal of the season – that was enough to give Burnley their first home win since Sean Dyche marked his arrival as manager with a quick-fire Turf Moor double.

“It was a good result. The performance probably wasn’t as good as it has been in the last few weeks but I think we’ve earned that from the performances in the last month,” added Duff.

“We have been playing well and coming away with only a point so it was almost quite nice to not play as well and get maximum points and a clean sheet.

“We didn’t play as well as we possibly could do, but the three points was the important thing.

“You can’t dominate a game for 90 minutes but I think we felt pretty comfortable.

“They had a little spell but the second goal killed them off a little bit and we just cruised to the win then.”

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