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McCann: Sending off a turning point

26 January 2013

Midfielder felt Clarets worthy of some reward

Chris McCann was frustrated to finish the day with only a bottle of champagne to show for his efforts as the Clarets’ winning run was ended by Marlon King’s late goal at Turf Moor.

McCann deservedly picked up the man-of-the-match award for a power-packed midfield display.

But the Irishman couldn’t prevent a first League defeat of 2013 after Dean Marney’s controversial dismissal at 1-1 handed Birmingham the initiative.

“Even though we didn’t play particularly well in the first half – or as well as we have in recent weeks – I still think we deserved to come out of the game with something,” said a disappointed McCann.

“Even with ten men we created a lot of chances. Danny Ings was unlucky when he hit the bar. On another day that would have gone in and we had one or two other chances as well.

“It’s unfortunate we went down to ten men but we gave it a right go in the second half and on another day we could probably have come out of it with a result.

“From the reaction of the boys on the pitch you can see everyone thought it was a harsh decision.

“It was a turning point. They had a little more space and I think that showed with the last goal.

“They had space to put the ball in – although to be fair it was a good finish – and we are disappointed that we couldn’t hang out for the 1-1 because obviously a point would have been better than nothing.”

The Clarets had cancelled out Curtis Davies’ first-half goal with a Ross Wallace penalty after Junior Stanislas had been bundled over in the box.

But King’s 90th-minute strike ended Burnley’s three-game winning run and McCann is now looking to launch another assault on the play-off places at Peterborough next Saturday.

“We have to take that and start again next week and move on,” he added.

“Consistency is the key in this league. You have seen what a couple of wins have done for us.

“They put us thereabouts for the top six. It was right in our sights. Unfortunately today we didn’t get the win but we have to dust ourselves down and try and go on another run.”

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