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Skipper on United Performance

12 February 2015

Jason Shackell believes Burnley can take heart from their valiant display at Old Trafford, despite the performance not helping add to their Premier League points total.

After starting the game on the front-foot, the Clarets were undone by another set-piece as Chris Smalling headed United into an early-lead.

And having seen the exceptional Danny Ings level with a header, they were left to rue defensive errors and came away feeling unlucky to have registered at least a point.

Shackell said: “We played really well again but we got caught out at set-pieces and that is something that we need to address.

“It’s frustrating, especially as a defender obviously that we’re getting caught out a little bit too much recently.

“But that’s something we can put right and we’ll work hard on the training pitch and make sure we’re ready for the next game against Chelsea.

“We fully believe that if we play like that we’re going to pick up points and that’s something we’ve got to keep doing.

“The confidence is still high despite not getting the result here and we’ve got a lot of positives to take from that performance and we’ve got to make sure we maintain that level of performance.”

Sean Dyche’s men travel to league leaders Chelsea next up, but the Clarets skipper insists if they can maintain the performance level at Old Trafford – then the market leaders will face a tough test themselves.

He added: “I thought we were the better team in the first-half and they came out in the second-half, changed formation and played slightly better.

“On paper our upcoming fixtures are tough games but if we go out and play like we did tonight then there are points to be had.

“We’re going to be a tough challenge for teams as well so we’re excited by it.”

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