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Practice Pays Off For Point-Saver Keane

25 February 2017

Michael Keane revealed that a training-ground routine had paid off as he struck to end the Clarets' away-day drought.

Burnley were facing the prospect of an eighth successive defeat away from Turf Moor in the Premier League when Keane conceded a 72nd-minute penalty for handball.

But four minutes later the defender showed his class in the opposite penalty area as he converted a Robbie Brady corner to secure a 1-1 draw and bank only a second point on the road for Sean Dyche's battlers after celebrating joyously with the Clarets' vocal traveling fans.

"It was disappointing to concede a penalty. I feel like it was harsh. I felt I got pushed into it," said Keane.

"It's hard for referees. They can't see everything. There were probably six or seven players in there so he might not have seen the lad push me.

"Maybe it's one where sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't, but to respond really quickly shows what we're all about.

"It was a great ball from Robbie. We worked on it yesterday, going to the back post. I saw it all the way. Ben took their man away and I knew I had a bit of space.

"I just took it down with my chest and it sat up nicely for me and it was good to finish it off.

"I am always joining in the strikers'  finishing sessions. Sometimes the keepers tell me to go away and head it, but maybe I've earned myself a spot there now!

"I knew where the fans were and each time I score I like to celebrate with them because it makes it that bit more special."

Keane's first goal since the end of September lifted the Clarets up to 11th-place in the table.

It was no more than they deserved after a positive performance brought them a first point since drawing at Manchester United in October.

And it also provided an ideal start to a run of four successive away games as Dyche's side looks to establish itself in the top flight.

Keane added: "I feel like the last few games away from home we've played really well, so to get that monkey off our back is good and hopefully we can put our foot over the line in the next game and get a win.

"It's good for confidence and momentum. We've been playing well away from home recently but not getting anything for it, so to get a point with three more away games coming up will hopefully give us that springboard to kick on.

"We haven't set ourselves a (points) target. At the start of the season it was obviously to stay in the Premier League.

"We are well on our way to doing that but we can't get complacent. We have got three tough away games now in a row.

"We need to kick on. We can't think we're safe yet."

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