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Duff Reflects On Southampton Defeat

23 March 2015

Michael Duff felt the Clarets performance against Southampton merited more but was again left to rue clinical finishing turning the game.

Sean Dyche’s men were denied a first-half penalty when George Boyd was felled in the box by Jose Fonte and came up against a substitute keeper, Kelvin Davis in inspired form.

And Duff believes the dynamic of the game could have been completely different going in to the break.

He said: “I was told we should have had a stonewall penalty in the first-half but take that out of it and I think we had enough chances to be going in leading at the break.

“But goals change games and unfortunately we couldn’t get one to turn it around in the second-half.

“If you break the game down clinically and the two goals that they’ve scored, the first comes about from Clyne who has had a shot which has gone through five bodies and popped to Long from a few yards out.

“The second is a horrible ball to deal with for Shacks and it’s an occupational hazard I’m afraid as you’re stood in the middle of the goal and every now and again one is going to go in your net.

“I think Davis’ performance sort of summed the day up a little bit really. They have an England international goalkeeper who has had to go off and Davis has come on and made some great

“I feel the lads are disappointed and should have scored though but we gave him the opportunity to make those saves.

 “In the second-half we weren’t as fluid or as good as we were in the first but it would have been a completely different second period if we’d have taken those chances.”

The Clarets now head to Spain for some warm-weather training before they return to action against Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor.

Speaking of the trip, Duff added: “It’s an opportunity to break the mould and experience a different environment for a few days and get some sun on our backs.

“It won’t be what some people might think it is because we’ll be working hard. I think people know that’s the way the gaffer works.”

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