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Heaton Takes The Positives

3 November 2014

Tom Heaton believes the Clarets are not far away from their first victory after putting on a brave performance in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Battling Burnley held out until the 71st minute at the Emirates before succumbing to an Alexis Sanchez double-salvo, with a goal from Calum Chambers sandwiched in between.

And while Heaton, who was voted fans man of the match for a string of stunning saves, was frustrated that they could not hold firm, he insists that once again, there were positives to be taken.

Heaton said: “We came into the game knowing the challenges and I thought we stuck to the game plan and went about things great for 70 minutes.

“Then unfortunately we have a lapse in concentration and they score. We had to come out and that left them a few more gaps.

“It’s a similar sort of story where there is a lot of positives to take from it but we’re frustrated with the defeat.

“I don’t think we’re too far away and hopefully we can put it together and get that first win, the foundation will be in place then build on.

“But it is important we keep learning from it and keep getting better, there is no lacking hunger and desire and we’re not too far away so we’ll look to turn that into results.”

It could have been more but for the 28-year-old stopper who made a tremendous reflex save to deny German international Lukas Podolski from point-blank range late on.


And Heaton admits he thoroughly enjoyed being heavily involved in the action at the Emirates, as he continues to learn in the Premier League.

“This is where we want to be and obviously I’m performing to try and keep the ball out the back of the net.

“I knew it was going to be a busy day and I thoroughly enjoyed it for the most part, not so much after 70 minutes.

“I think with the Podolski chance he was free towards the back post, and Duffo said he actually fouled him in the build-up.

“He caught it well and thankfully my arm was out stretched and it managed to hit the end of my hand.

“Some days they hit you and some days they don’t!”

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