Caretaker boss likens Grant double save to Gordon Banks!
Terry Pashley was a proud man after seeing his first game in charge of the Clarets end in victory over Lancashire rivals Blackpool.
Charlie Austin’s 16th goal of the season – equalling Willie Irvine’s record of scoring in seven successive games dating back to 1965 – was the deciding factor.
But Pashley, taking charge of the Clarets’ senior team for the first time, pointed to the second half double save from Lee Grant as the defining moment of a pulsating derby.
Pashley said: “If every night was like this, it would be incredible!
“The lads had to work hard and in the end I thought we deserved the victory.
“I said to Lee after that I know it’s going to the extreme, but his save reminded me of Gordon Banks against Pele in the 1970 World Cup!
“I turned around after the saves and looked into the Bob Lord Stand and everyone was on their feet. That just shows what an absolutely magnificent save it was.
Lee Grant makes his magnificent double save
“Equally, there was the response of the boys, who all went to Lee to congratulate him.
“That is the thing that is telling me, if they stick together, they can build on this and keep going in the right direction up that table.”
Pashley made three changes from Eddie Howe’s last game in charge, bringing in Michael Duff, Brian Stock as a defensive shield and Ross Wallace, whose cross led to Austin’s clincher.
The caretaker said: “Sometimes you have to make tough decisions and lot of thought had to go into the team selection.
“I relied on the other members of staff and listened to their advice, digested it and we came up with a plan and decided we wanted to be harder to beat.
“We’ve emphasised with the lads since Tuesday that we need to be better without the ball.
“We know we are good with the ball, but we have to be good without it and had to work hard against an extremely good side. They have some very good players and at times I felt the little boy putting his finger in the dyke because they were coming at us from all angles.
“But I thought our boys were superb and stood up to that and they were superb.”
Pashley, who lives in Blackpool, added: “I spotted a few familiar faces in the Blackpool end and they didn’t give me any abuse, which was very sweet.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game, but it didn’t matter who it was against tonight. Yes, it was Blackpool, where I live and who I played for, but that doesn’t make it any sweeter.”