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Case For The Defence

8 October 2012

Jason Shackell admits Clarets must do better

Burnley captain Jason Shackell admits the Clarets must tighten up at the back or face the prospect of a harsh winter.

A second-half collapse at Crystal Palace on Saturday saw Eddie Howe’s men ship three goals in 22-minutes as a 2-0 lead turned into a 4-3 defeat.

The Clarets now have the worst defensive record in the Championship and a candid Shackell confessed that the current run of form is not acceptable.

“Quite simply put it’s not good enough. We are conceding too many goals,” said the skipper. 

“We are doing a lot of talking but not enough action on the pitch and it’s something we need to change immediately, otherwise it’s going to be a long, hard season.

“We are trying, that’s going without saying.

“We are giving 100 per cent, but it’s naivety, lack of discipline, individual errors.

“Collectively we are not defending well enough and we have to do it better as a team and we have to do it immediately.

“For the fans it must be horribly frustrating. I would hate to sit there and see us concede so many goals. It’s not good enough.”

Goals from Chris McCann and Martin Paterson in the first half had seemingly put the Clarets in control at Selhurst Park.

But after Wilfried Zaha had pulled one back before the break, in-form Palace then exploited Burnley’s defensive frailties as the Clarets allowed a lead to slip for the third time in eight days.

“We should have had nine points. We put ourselves in great positions,” added Shackell, who returned from injury in the capital to try and help shore up the back line.

“We are scoring goals and creating chances but we need to defend better.

“We need to put it right on the training pitch and that starts this week. We need to do some hard work on the training pitch and make sure we are ready to go against Blackpool.”

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