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Trippier: First goal could have won it

9 December 2012

Clarets' defender looks to bounce back against Watford

Kieran Trippier admitted the Clarets needed to draw first blood to keep their unbeaten run going at Nottingham Forest.

Burnley had chances at the City Ground to get their noses in front as they looked to make it four games without defeat.

But with a couple of decent first-half openings passing them by, it was Forest who took the initiative with Dexter Blackstock and Billy Sharp striking to bag the points after the break.

“I thought we started well, got the ball wide and got a lot of delivery into the box,” said Trippier.

“I thought we deserved to be 1-0 up at half time but they came out flying at the start of the second half and the first goal killed us.

“It was a tough game. We have been on a decent run but we needed the first goal and should have come in at half time in front.

“The first goal was crucial and Forest got it and then after the second it was hard for us to get back into the game.

“In these kind of games every opportunity you have, you need to put the ball in the net and we didn’t do that.”

The Clarets couldn't force a breakthrough at Forest

Despite making themselves harder to beat since the appointment of Sean Dyche as manager, Saturday’s result at Forest means the Clarets have now won just one of their last six games.

And Trippier is determined to get back on the victory trail against Dyche’s former club when Watford visit Turf Moor next weekend.

“It sets us back a little bit. We’ve been beaten but that’s gone now,” added the defender.

“We have Watford on Saturday and we need three points.

“It’s a big game for us. We want to be going upwards and I think we’ve been doing that since the new manager has come in.

“There are a lot of games coming up over Christmas and they are winnable games. We have to go into every game firing and next week is a big week for us.”

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