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Duff: We’re Hard To Beat

13 March 2014

Michael Duff admitted he was disappointed not to get another three points from last night’s away game at Birmingham City.

Federico Macheda’s injury-time equaliser denied Burnley their fourth straight league win after the Clarets had taken the lead three times in a six-goal thriller at St Andrew’s.

However, the draw sent Sean Dyche’s team back eight points clear in second in the Championship table.

And while clearly frustrated at the manner in which Burnley conceded a late goal, the Northern Irishman also reflected on positives taken out of the last two away matches.

He said shortly after the final whistle last night:  „We felt it was handball. I think the reaction from the players showed it as soon as the ball went in.

“It was not ideal that we chased the referee [after the late equaliser], but when you concede in the 94th minute and in the manner that we did tonight it is a hard one to take.

“It is probably the toughest job in football and it is not [right] for me to come here and criticise the referee.

“If you take the emotions out of it we picked up four points from two tough away games which is a good return, really.

“There are no easy matches in this league and you see funny results every week.

“During the ninety minutes we weren’t quite at it, but that’s why it is so disappointing because we weren’t at our best, yet we were just minutes away from a win.”

The Clarets also extended their unbeaten run to thirteen league games last night and remain unbeaten in the Championship in 2014.

And despite the disappointment at St Andrew’s, Duff and co have an immediate opportunity to get back to winning ways when Leeds United visit Turf Moor on Saturday.

Burnley have not lost at home in the league for over a year now and the centre back is delighted to return to the familiar territory at the weekend following a busy week on the road.

He added: “There’s one thing that we’ve proved all season and that’s that when we’re not quite at it we’re normally hard to beat.

“It was just disappointing to take the lead three times and not win the match. It is unlike us as well because we normally see games out.

“That’s something we’re going to learn from and we’re just moving onto the next one now.

“The games come thick and fast. It will be nice to get back home coming on the back off two tough away matches and all the emotions that came with a win on Sunday and the disappointment tonight.

“The important thing is that we bounce back and hopefully we’ll deliver a performance and win the game.”

While Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have grabbed a lot of the headlines this season thanks to their respective goalscoring forms, the Clarets have managed to spread goals across the whole team.

In fact, eight different players have scored for Burnley in the last five games.

And that includes Duff who got on the scoresheet for the first time since Boxing Day 2012 in last night’s match – a statistic he became quickly aware of!

He said: “I’ve been reminded a few times! It was nice to score, but it would have been better had it been the winner.

“I thought it was coming for a while because I went close quite a few times in the last few weeks.

“It was nice to chip in, but I’m not really bothered about scoring goals. I don’t care who scores as long as we get the results.”

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