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Pashley: We Were Second Best

27 October 2012

Caretaker suffers first defeat at hands of leaders

Terry Pashley admitted the Clarets were the architects of their own downfall in the 4-0 thrashing at Cardiff.

The caretaker manager felt all four goals were avoidable as Burnley fell to their heaviest defeat of the season.

And after seeing his 100 per cent record go up in smoke in the Welsh capital, Pashley insisted it was a disappointing end to a memorable week.

He said: “It was a really disappointing day and performances and we were the architects of our own downfall.

“I thought the first goal set us back at a tough place to play and after that first goal I don’t feel we ever really recovered.

“We were always chasing the game and second best and we went on and had a very tough afternoon.

“I thought all four goals were avoidable and you can’t give goals away like that and hope to get a result.

“In the second half we tried to be more positive and at 2-0 you always feel the next goal could be the vital one.

“We started the half better and spent more time in their half of the pitch after Sam Vokes came on and we tried to push Martin Paterson more central and play with three in midfield.

“We knew that would perhaps leave us a little bit more open, but we simply had to try and be more positive.

“As it was it went 3-0 and then it was a real mountain to climb. In the end, you simply can’t give yourself that much to do in games.”

Pashley, who stepped into the breach a week ago to mastermind victories against Blackpool and Bristol City, remains unsure as to whether his reign will be extended into next weekend’s home game against Wolves. 

He added: “I’ve really enjoyed the past week – not so much today!

“But the manager situation is out of my hands and until I hear differently I can’t really comment on it. 

“What will be will be, but the Board will make the best decision for Burnley Football Club.”

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