Lee Grant helps Clarets to victory with stunning double save
Goalkeeper Lee Grant was delighted to chalk up a first clean sheet since the opening day of the Championship season as his heroics helped the Clarets to a 1-0 win over Blackpool.
Charlie Austin’s 16th goal of the season was enough to settle the derby in Burnley’s favour in caretaker-manager Terry Pashley’s first game in charge.
But it took a magnificent defensive display and a remarkable double save from Grant to see the Clarets over the line as they ended a three match winless run in which they had shipped nine goals.
“We have scored so many goals this season and conceded too many, which has been well documented, but we got back to basics, defended very resolutely and it was a well earned clean sheet I thought,” said Grant.
“It was long overdue, as were the three, so we are a happy changing room in there.
“We have talked a lot about our defending in the changing rooms, some quite frank discussions between us as a side, and I think the hard work and the organisation has paid off.”
While Grant didn’t have too much to do, his remarkable double save from Alex Baptise and Gary Taylor-Fletcher ultimately proved the difference between a win and a third successive home draw.
“I was delighted with it,” he admitted. “I touched the first one onto the post but I wasn’t sure even when I touched it that it was going to stay out of the back of the net.
“Thankfully the post was there as well and then it was a case of getting up as quickly as possible and a little bit of hope that he was going to hit it my way, and thankfully he did.”
The win lifted Burnley up to 15th place in the table after the afternoon kicks-off had seen them slip to 20th spot.
And it also brought a happy end to a difficult week at Turf Moor following the departure of Eddie Howe as manager and the temporary appointment of Pashley in his place.
“Pash has been great this week,” Grant added.
“I haven’t had the privilege of coming across him or having the chance to work with Pash too much, but he has been really good and just what the doctor ordered.
“The lads have responded in the right way to a very tough week previously.
“Obviously we were all disappointed to see the manager leave but the lads have responded well and we are pleased at how Pash has gone about everything.”