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Barnes: We'll Learn From Arsenal Defeat

13 April 2015

Ashley Barnes feels Burnley will take something from the narrow 0-1 defeat to an Arsenal side in scintillating form at the weekend.

A 12th minute winner by Aaron Ramsey proved the only difference in a tight encounter against the title-chasing Gunners at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The result left Burnley two points away from safety with six rounds of fixtures left to play before the end of the Premier League season.

But Barnes believes the Clarets could benefit from another hard-fought contest, as they begin their preparations to Saturday’s trip to Everton.

He said: “I thought they controlled the game quite a bit and were good with the ball.

“We had our spells and some chances that we just couldn’t take. We found it difficult at times, but overall I think we did well against a very good side.

“It didn’t fall for us. We had a couple of occasions where we lacked or took that extra touch and when we then lost the ball, they just kept it for fun.

“We found that difficult, but it’s something to learn. They’re world-class players and that’s what they can do.

“I think we were a bit unlucky at the end of the day. Sometimes you just need a break or to make the right decision in the final third and then maybe we go on and get a point.”

Barnes added: “But we made our own mistake and got punished. That’s the league we’re in. If we make mistakes, we get punished. We need to cut our mistakes and if they make mistakes, we need to make sure we punish them.

“People wouldn’t have expected us to win and if we had got something from this game, it would have been a bonus. It didn’t happen, so we crack on next week at Everton.”

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