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Lee's Wish Granted

7 April 2013

Clarets keeper insists practice makes perfect

Penalty hero Lee Grant believes the manner of the home win over Bristol City has ended Burnley’s Turf Moor hoodoo.

The Clarets secured their first home win in seven attempts after coming from behind to beat the relegation-haunted Robins 3-1.

And Grant, who more than played his part by saving a Steven Davies penalty seven minutes from time with Burnley leading 2-1, reckons Burnley can now go on and end the season in positive manner.

The Clarets keeper said: “If there were any issues with us playing at home we dealt with them today (Saturday).

“It was a huge game and it could have swung either way in terms of the season. It was that important. 

“So we’ve put to bed those fears and we can take great heart.

“I think we need to say how good the fans were, especially in that second half. 

“It would have been easy to go off to a chorus of boos, but I felt they stayed positive as well and credit to them for that.

“It’s also put to bed any fears of people maybe looking over their shoulders at the other end of the table and gives us a nice platform to push on for the rest of the season.

“That doesn’t mean we’ll be taking our foot off the pedal by any stretch. 

“We have goals that we set ourselves within the squad and we will look to achieve those between now and the end of the season.”

Grant’s second penalty save of the season, following one against Charlton at Turf Moor in November, came after Joseph Mills was ruled to have tripped Adomah in the area, with replays suggesting the incident was outside the box.

“I’ll be honest. I thought it was outside the box, but then again I am obviously biased!” laughed Grant.

“The referee only gets one look, so I’m not going to be too harsh on him, but it all turned our right in the end

“My record on penalties has been terrible in the past, but I have been putting a lot of work in and I’ve saved a couple were this season, so it’s pleasing.

“I was probably guilty of neglecting practice up to the Forest game and probably paid the price for that, so I stepped up the preparation this week and it’s paid off.

“At the time I was stood there thinking ‘hang on, this for 2-2 and we’ve battered them’, but it all worked out well.”

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