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Stock Lifted By Fighting Spirit

17 November 2012

Midfield man takes comfort from Clarets' response

Midfield play-maker Brian Stock believes the Clarets’ fighting spirit shown in adversity against Charlton bodes well for the rest of the season.

Burnley lost at home for only the second time this term as Charlton continued their revival with a 1-0 win.

But after battling for 75 minutes with ten men and pushing the Addicks all the following the dismissal of Kieran Trippier for handball, Stock sees plenty of room for optimism.

“Unfortunately a decision has gone against us. I haven’t seen it back again,” he said.

“Tripps said it wasn’t a handball, but I was just pleased with the reaction and how we did.

“We restricted them to very limited chances and we created quite a few.

“You probably wouldn’t have known we were down to ten men. The manager said after the game it doesn’t feel like a defeat to him and he saw a lot of things today which were really positive.

“The lads left everything on the pitch and gave everything and we can take a lot of heart from the performance which will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

Lee Grant’s penalty save after Trippier had been shown the red card kept the Clarets on level terms and the visitors were restricted to just two real chances after that.

Danny Haynes took one of them to clinch the points with a 69th-minute header but Burnley had opportunities of their own to extend their unbeaten home run before drawing a blank at Turf Moor for the first time since January.

Sean Dyche’s men now hit the road for back-to-back games at Hull City and Barnsley before the big Lancashire derby at the start of December and Stock, an increasingly influential figure in the Clarets’ ranks, is confident of an upbeat response.

He added: “It’s important for us to dust ourselves down because we have two away games now and we need to take the positives from today and move on.

“If we can build on the heart and the passion we showed today and the commitment we have in the dressing room it will bode well.

“Everyone is very united. The lads get on very well with each other and that’s something I have not been part of for quite a few years now and that’s something that is going to stand us really good stead for the season.”

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