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McCann: We have turned the corner

23 October 2012

Match-winner Chris McCann delighted with City late show

Last-minute hero Chris McCann believes the Clarets have turned a corner after his dramatic winner at Bristol City gave the Clarets back-to-back Championship victories for the first time this season.

Burnley followed up their derby win over Blackpool last Saturday by making it two out of two under caretaker-manager Terry Pashley with a 4-3 triumph at Ashton Gate.

And McCann admits it’s been a big few days for the Clarets, who saw Charlie Austin equal a club record of scoring in eight successive games before McCann headed the winner against City in the 95th-minute.

“I think we have turned the corner after the game on Saturday,” said McCann, who struck at the death after Burnley had been pegged back from 3-1 up by two late goals from the Robins. 

“That was a big win for us and before that we would probably have laid down and taken the 3-3

“But Pash has done well since he’s come in and he’s given that belief and confidence and we have gone on and come back and got the three points.

“The biggest game was Blackpool, coming off the back of a defeat and the manager gone.

“I think we needed to start again and it was a massive three points on Saturday.

“We said before this game that we didn’t want to win against Blackpool and put in such a good performance and not follow it up.

“We said we needed to do it again on a rainy night in Bristol and we followed it up with a big win. I think we have turned the corner and hopefully it’s onwards and upwards.”

McCann laid on Austin’s history equalling goal and saw his header handled for Austin to score his 18th goal of the season from the penalty spot before grabbing a share of the limelight with his perfectly timed third goal of the campaign from a Kieran Trippier free-kick.

He added: “A lot of the boys thought it was over-hit but I just tried to get my head on it and head it back in the direction of the goal.

“I think a few of the boys thought it had gone over the bar and I had until I got mobbed, but I’m delighted it went in and delighted to have got three points.

“We would have been hard done by if it had finished 3-3 and it was a great effort from anybody.”

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