James Tarkowski was delighted to get some game time under his belt in the FA Cup third round stalemate against Sunderland.
The great form of Michael Keane and Ben Mee has limited Tarkowski’s playing time this season.
However, the former Brentford defender took his opportunity well in an impressive display in his first start for the Clarets since the EFL Cup tie against Accrington Stanley in August.
“I’m pleased because it hasn’t been the easiest season for me in terms of playing time so I’m happy to get a game and think I did okay,” Tarkowski said.
“We’ve had a good season especially at home and the team is going well so it’s hard to complain too much. I would like to play more but it’s in the gaffer’s hands.”
The 24-year-old came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the second half, when his header crashed against the woodwork.
“I think the header took a little deflection on the way through and hit the post,” he said.
“I was hoping it was in but I’m looking forward to the replay where we can get a result.”
The next challenge for the Clarets is the visit of Southampton at Turf Moor in the Premier League this weekend.
And Tarkowski believes that the squad is eager for revenge against the Saints after a 3-1 loss in the reverse fixture.
“It’s a big game in the Premier League at home and Southampton gave us a bit of a pumping at their place so we’re looking to get them back,” he admitted.
“At home we’re doing well with the fans on our side. With them behind you it’s like a 12th man that pushes you on to get the points.”