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Heaton Delight At Turning Point

13 December 2014

Tom Heaton was delighted with how his stunning penalty save contributed to Burnley’s well-earned victory over Southampton.

The Clarets goalkeeper threw himself to his left to deny Dušan Tadić and keep the score goalless on the hour mark.

Sean Dyche’s team then went on to score the winner when Ashley Barnes’ deflected strike defeated Saints shot-stopper Fraser Forster at the near post with 17 minutes left on the clock.

And Heaton couldn’t hide his satisfaction at the resilience that moved Burnley outside the bottom three with their third win of this Premier League campaign.

He said: “I’m very pleased with the save, but the most important thing is that we used it as the turning point in the game and went on to score and hold on.

“Our resilience was there for all to see again. Southampton are a very good side and they had a good spell when we came out for the second half.

“But thankfully once we got the lead, we were always confident that we could hold on and you could see that on show again today.

“It’s important that we keep picking up points, but we’re trying not to get too carried away with the table.

“There’s a long way to go and we still have the ‘one game at a time’ mentality that the manager drums into us. I think it stands us in a good stead.

“It’s great to get back to winning ways. Now we just keep looking forward, trying to go about our business the way we do and hopefully that will give us a good chance of picking up results.”

It wasn’t the first time Heaton produced an outstanding penalty save since joining Burnley in the summer of 2013.

And once again he was keen to share credit for the stop with the club’s analysts.

Heaton added: “Fair play to the analysts Adam and Dan. They gave me the sheet with the ideas of his [Tadić’s] previous penalties.

“I’ve just heard he’d scored his last 13 and there was a lot of green dots on the sheet to be fair!

“I had an idea in my head of where likes to put them and thankfully today he went the right way for us!”

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