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Duff Makes A Point

16 December 2013

Defender Michael Duff feels Burnley are not getting the rub of refereeing decisions following Burnley’s hard-fought draw at Leicester.

The Clarets stopper was happy to come away with a point from the King Power Stadium on Saturday, particularly following the controversial penalty awarded to the Foxes in the first half.

Ben Mee is ruled to have fouled Jamie Vardy at Leicester

Duff’s former Clarets team-mate Nugent scored his 11th goal of the season from the penalty spot, before a second half strike from Danny Ings salvaged a result for Sean Dyche’s side in the top-of-the-table clash.

And Duff feels the Clarets are overdue some good fortune after seeing big decisions go against them on several occasions this season.

The 35-year-old said “During the game I didn’t think it was a penalty, I thought it was two bodies coming together and I didn’t think there was a trip, a push, a pull-back or anything like that.

“We have had some strange penalty decisions given against us! I had an interesting one given at Huddersfield and Jason Shackell’s decision at Derby away, which I thought was one of the best tackles I have ever seen, saw the referee give a penalty, but it’s something that you have to deal with when you come to these big places and sometimes they might not come your way.”

The Clarets celebrate Tom Heaton's penalty save at Derby

Duff added: “The league table doesn't lie, they are a good team with a big squad, a big budget and a big stadium and they are one of the fancied teams. 

“Away from home a point is always a good point, especially when we went a goal down and dug in like we did.”

Despite going a goal behind early in the first half, Duff was a key part of the defence that restricted the 17-goal (in all competitions) strike force of Nugent and Jamie Vardy to that solitary goal from the penalty spot.

He added: “I thought Nugent and Vardy played well, the same as our front two played well, so I think it was a good game of football to watch. It was quite hard to play in, I know that!”

The long-serving defender was also pleased to have unsung hero Dean Marney back playing in front of him, after the midfielder returned following five weeks out of action.

“He is a good player and any team in this division would miss Deano,” insisted Duff. “Sometimes some of his work goes unnoticed to some of the supporters but his energy really gives us more with a relationship he’s got with David Jones and the way they work together he is a really big plus for us.”

The Clarets now look forward to hosting Lancashire rivals Blackpool, who are currently sat just outside the play-offs, at Turf Moor this weekend.

And Duff is hoping to bring more festive cheer to the Burnley faithful.

He said: “We’ve another home game going into the Christmas period now, so this is a time when a lot of supporters come on board during the holiday season and hopefully we can get a few on board and give them a good performance and another win at home.”
Story by Sean Quinlan

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