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Tarkowski Delight At Turf Moor Debut

20 February 2016

James Tarkowski was pleased with his Clarets debut as he helped to secure a 2-0 victory over Rotherham United.

The defender was thrust into the action when he replaced an injured Michael Keane on 32 minutes.

And the former Brentford man was delighted to make his Turf Moor bow and keep a clean sheet against a hard-working Rotherham side.

He said: "It was a good day. I wasn't expecting to get on, as a defender sometimes you have to wait a while to get your chance.

"It was good to get on quite early in the game and get the win and the three points is good.

"You've got to be prepared and it was quite a shock to get on but I thought we did quite well today as a defence.

"There were a lot of long direct balls and I thought Ben in particular dealt with them really well.

"Sometimes when a team gets a new manager it can be difficult, Rotherham worked their socks off and gave their all but we did well.”

Sean Dyche’s men are now into the automatic promotion spots ahead of Tuesday’s visit from Nottingham Forest, who had manager Dougie Freedman watching today’s action.

Having gone nine unbeaten, confidence is high amongst the squad but Tarkowski says there will be no let up.

“It’s nice to be up in the automatic spots, it’s ours to keep now so we’ve got to keep putting in the performances and getting results to stay there.

“It’s another opportunity (against Forest) to get closer to the points total we need to get automatic promotion.”

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