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Edgar looks for Turf Moor tonic

9 February 2013

Defender admits Clarets must toughen up

David Edgar admits Burnley can’t afford to nurse a derby-day hangover as they bid to get their play-off push back on track.

Edgar’s goal – only his third for the Clarets – was not enough to get Burnley back to winning ways as Bolton hit back to secure a 2-1 win at the Reebok Stadium.

And after surrendering a lead away from home for the second week running, Edgar insists Sean Dyche’s men must bounce back when they return to Turf Moor for a home double header against Huddersfield and Middlesbrough.

“We felt like we were flying high. The last couple of results have taken the shine off it but we just have to put it right next week,” said the Canadian international.

“The fans were fantastic today. They out-shouted the opposition and it’s disappointing not give them the three points. but we are looking forward to being back at home.

“No-one wants to lose games, especially local derbies, and we definitely need a reaction and with the type of team we have we will get one.”

A double substitution from Bolton boss Dougie Freedman paid off as Craig Davies and David N’Gog got the goals that gave the Trotters their first league win of 2013 to ease the pressure near the bottom of the table.

And Edgar admitted that Burnley – down to eighth place but still just four points outside the play-off zone – need to toughen up mentally after letting another winning position slip.

“We were on the front foot in the first half and then again in the second half when we got the goal,” he added.

“You could hear the whole atmosphere changing around the place. They were on the team’s back and it’s just disappointing the way we conceded.

“I think once we got the goal we took our foot off the gas a little bit and we should have taken advantage of their crowd turning on them and put a lot of pressure on them but we stopped playing the football we had been.

“It’s maybe the mental side of things. We have to me mentally stronger and that’s the point the gaffer is putting across, even to get on the ball and have that composure and we just lost that a little bit after we scored.”

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