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Duff Takes Palace Positives

13 September 2014

Michael Duff admitted there was a tinge of disappointment after only coming away with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.

The Clarets kept their first clean sheet away from home in the top flight since April 1976 but were cruelly denied by Julian Speroni’s fine penalty save from Scott Arfield on 84 minutes.

However, as Dyche’s men continue to settle in to life in the Premier League, Duff was quick to take the positives from an away point and another clean sheet in one of the most competitive divisions in world football.

Duff said: “We are a little disappointed as it is 0-0 in the 84th minute and we’ve have missed a penalty.

“It wouldn’t have given them much time to come back but I’m sure they would argue they had a few chances in the first-half.

“But you have to take the positives from the game, it’s another clean sheet in the Premier League and away from home too.

“Any point away from home is good but especially in this league.

“We felt we were unfortunate against Swansea as we thought we deserved at least a point there.

“We’ve just carried on from last year I think where we are hard to beat.

“We’re organised and we have players who work hard for each other and we can stay in games.

“That gives you a great platform to go away and get a point or potentially nick all three which we were unfortunate not to do today.”

The hosts had chances of their own to win it, but despite impressive performances from the returning Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon, Burnley never looked like buckling under Palace pressure.

And veteran Duff hailed another brave display, a characteristic which has become a mainstay since the arrival of boss Sean Dyche.

He added: “We’ve shown that bravery since the gaffer has come in and that has been something that’s been said all the way along.

“That’s what our success last season was built on and we’re looking to grow into this league doing the same thing.

“Hopefully the goals will come with that as well.

“It would have been fantastic had we won today but on any given day away from home in this league you’d probably take a point, most teams would.

“It’s a difficult place to come and Palace had their first home game under the new manager and the return of Zaha so there were a lot of things for them to get up about.

“We grew into the game and finished the stronger.”

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