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Jutkiewicz: We're Still Positive

20 April 2015

Lukas Jutkiewicz insists Burnley will remain positive ahead of the final five fixtures of the Premier League season.

The Clarets fell to a narrow defeat away at Everton on Saturday, having had Ashley Barnes sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time to the first half.

Sean Dyche’s men felt hard done by some refereeing decisions, including when match-winner Kevin Mirallas escaped with a yellow card following a dangerous tackle on George Boyd shortly after the break.

And Jutkiewicz said: “Obviously, we were disappointed not to get anything out of the game. That was the main thing.

“Once you go down to 10 men, it’s difficult to get yourself back and get a foothold in the game.

“It’s disappointing that some decisions went against us.”

On Mirallas’ challenge, the striker added: “It’s difficult to give in real time. Obviously, I’ve seen it since and it doesn’t look great.

“I’ve seen the marks on George's legs and it’s a naughty tackle, but at the same time the referee couldn’t see it in real time.”

Jutkiewicz made his return to Goodison Park as a second-half substitute at the weekend, having moved to Merseyside from Swindon Town back in 2007.

And the striker remains determined to play his part in the season run-in, beginning with Saturday’s home game against Leicester City.

He said: “I feel the same as everyone really. Everyone in this team wants to help in any way they can.

“If you can get half an opportunity to help out the team, everyone is going to take it.

“We have five massive games now really. There’s 15 points to play for and they’re all equally valuable.

“It’s tight at the bottom, but our belief hasn’t faltered at all over the course of the season.

“We’ve kept the same mentality throughout, whether after 10 games when we hadn’t won or over Christmas when we were doing well and we’ll be staying positive right until the very end.”

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