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Ton-Up Lowton Eyes Goal Boost

1 April 2017

Matt Lowton wants to see the Clarets regain their cutting edge after his 100th Premier League appearance ended in defeat.

Lowton reached the milestone with his 28th top-flight game for Burnley.

But the former Aston Villa full-back couldn’t prevent title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur close the gap on leaders Chelsea to seven points with a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.

The result – secured by second-half goal from Eric Dier and substitute Heung-Min Son - ended a six-match unbeaten home in the league for Sean Dyche’s men as they failed to score for a second game running.

That followed another dominant first-half performance and Lowton hopes the goal will start to flow again when Stoke City visit on Tuesday night to help the Clarets start to move back up the table.

“We didn’t create enough chances as we would have liked,” Lowton admitted. 

“We said that after the game and it’s something we’ve got to work on going into Tuesday.

“This has gone now and it’s another big game coming on Tuesday.

“We have been looking forward all season. That’s what the manager has been drilling into us.

“As a group of players we have been trying to move up the table.

“We are 15th now but only three points off 10th. It’s quite tight where we are but we are looking up and hopefully three points on Tuesday will fire us up the table a little bit.”

The Clarets have now gone seven league games without a win in a run wrapped around four successive away games.

Either side of those have been home fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham – the top two sides in the country.

But Lowton believes the Clarets could at least have matched the point they took from the league leaders in February had Tottenham not struck first after the break through Eric Dier’s close-range finish.

He added: “It’s important in any game to get the first goal.

“Going behind is never nice and tough to come back from and then they got another one and killed the game.

“We are very disappointed. I thought we did well in the first half and limited the chances.

“But in the second half for some reason we came off the gas a little bit.

“They got on the ball and got in the pockets a few more times.

“We conceded a sloppy goal from a corner and then another one pretty much killed the game.”

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