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Jones: Our Edge Was Back

9 February 2015

David Jones believes Burnley produced a much improved performance in Sunday’s draw with West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor.

The Clarets climbed back out of the bottom three in the Premier League table despite surrendering a two-goal lead.

Two set-piece goals either side of half-time cost Burnley a victory and while Jones admitted he was disappointed not to pick up all three points against the Baggies, he was also satisfied with the edge to the team’s performance.

He said: “It was disappointing to be two-nil up and lose the lead, but it was a good performance overall.

“I think our edge was back after last Saturday and we looked a threat and generally played well.

“I think the key moment was the goal before half-time – you definitely don’t want to concede then. It gave them a lift, but we had more than enough in the second half, I think. It’s just two
set pieces that we’re disappointed with.

“We’ve prided ourselves in recent months on defending set pieces well and there’s been good energy and a good desire to win the ball and defend properly.

“But today we just didn’t defend them as well as we can really and you get punished if you don’t do the job.”

Sunday’s fixture saw Ashley Barnes and Danny Ings get on the scoresheet in the same match for the first time for the Clarets.

In total, the striking partnership have now registered 13 Premier League goals between them this season.

And Jones insisted Barnes and Ings are vital to the team’s fortunes as the Clarets prepare for a challenging run of games, beginning away at Manchester United on Wednesday night.

The midfielder, who began his career at Old Trafford, added: “They’re both very important and key players for us and we want our strikers scoring goals. Obviously, they’ll be confident and
hopefully take it into the upcoming games as we need them.

“We still need to get a lot of points on the board, but psychologically it’s always good to be just above the relegation zone.

 “We’ll start again on Wednesday looking to get something from the game and it’s a big one for us.

“Personally, I’ve been back to Old Trafford a few times with my previous clubs and it’s always good to go back to a ground such as that and see people.

“But beyond that, I just want to get on with it, go and put in a performance for Burnley.

“We’ll be determined to get something there and we know that if we get everyone performing well, we’re a match for anyone.”

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