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Duff's Case For The Defence

12 February 2014

Michael Duff made a strong case for the defence, following Burnley’s 1-0 win at Bolton on Tuesday.

Victory in the Lancashire derby extended Burnley’s unbeaten league run in 2014 to eight games.

Sam Vokes’ second half goal was the difference between the two rivals as Burnley achieved their first away win at Bolton since 1985 - and their first victory at The Reebok!

However, after a 12th clean sheet of the campaign provided the bedrock, centre back Duff was keen to praise his defensive team mates for another battling performance.

He said: “It’s nice to win the game and keep a clean sheet from a defensive point of view.

As a back five it’s something we’re very proud of. We work very hard during the week with the rest of the team on team shape and a clean sheet is always very pleasing.”

Duff also expressed his delight at the unity in the Clarets camp as the season nears a critical juncture.

A clean bill of health means that boss Dyche, who has one of the smallest squads in the league, has virtually a full-strength squad to choose from.

Northern Ireland international Duff added: “The people who aren’t playing at the moment have been magnificent and perhaps they don’t get the credit they deserve.

“We’ve still got people like Ashley Barnes to come off the bench. He’s not really had a chance yet which is not surprising given the form of the front two.

“But it’s more than just 11 players; it’s a squad and a team ethos with the staff as well.

“Everyone is pointing in the same direction. And I think you could see at the end of the game what it meant to everybody.”

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