Dean Marney claims he feels “stronger” after returning to action in the dramatic 2-2 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.
After nine months out with a cruciate knee injury, Marney came off the bench to play a crucial part in Burnley`s last-gasp fightback, setting up the stoppage time equaliser.
And after having to bide his time following a setback on the final steps to recovery, the Clarets midfielder insists that he has now is now feeling great again!
He said: “I was praying to get off the bench last week but obviously the way the (Brighton) game was it was difficult. Then, when we went two down this week I thought I might have half a chance and then come on and do what you can.
“It’s been a long time and I’ve obviously had a few setbacks with my thigh which have killed me, but I feel great now.”
He added: “It was difficult being out of action for nine months as I had my first game back after six months with the reserves, and for about nine weeks since then I’ve had a completely different injury.
“But that’s just given me the opportunity to get stronger really”.
Marney came off the bench as a 67th minute substitute on Saturday, when the Clarets’ eight-match unbeaten run looked like coming to an end.
And a Rouwen Hennings strike and a late Matthew Connelly own goal from Marney’s cross and Michael Keane’s header secured an unlikely point for Sean Dyche`s men in Cardiff.
Marney added: “I fancied us because we`d nicked one, the ball came to myself and I managed to get a cross in and Michael had a free header. I fancied him to score and it’s just hit Connelly and gone in”.
“We`re never beaten and I think you could tell in the last 20 minutes we didn’t think we were out of the game.
“A lot of teams might have sat back and seen out the game but that’s not us, we just keep going and got our reward”.
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