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Lowton Backs 'Fantastic' Tarky

Matt Lowton reveals pride of defensive unit in Clarets' fine start

22 September 2017

Matt Lowton is backing James Tarkowski to bounce back from his Carabao Cup disappointment and carry on his flying start to the season.

Tarkowski’s missed penalty saw the Clarets exit the cup via a spot-kick shoot-out against Leeds United in mid-week.

But Lowton expects the big defender to be back on track as Burnley look to take their Premier League points’ tally into double figures with victory over Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on Saturday.

“He was down in the dressing room and felt as though he had let the lads down,” admitted Lowton – a close pal of Tarkowski off the pitch.

“But people got around him and said he had shown the courage to step up and take a penalty.

“Since the start of the season he has been fantastic and the lads just tried to tell him how good he’s been.

“He had the courage to take one. He’s not tried anything silly. He’s just unfortunate that the keeper has guessed the right way and saved it.

“But he was all right on Thursday and I think he will be fine.”

Tarkowski has impressively filled the boots of Michael Keane since the England centre-back left Turf Moor to go to Everton in the summer.

The Clarets have also been deprived of Keane’s international team-mate, Tom Heaton, since the Clarets’ goalkeeper was injured as Burnley beat Crystal Palace in their last home game.

But with Tarkowski and Nick Pope successfully filling the void, Sean Dyche’s men have continued their impressive start to the season which continued with a 1-1 draw at Anfield last weekend.

Burnley stood firm at Anfield to secure a point on the back of a first clean sheet of the season against Palace and Lowton says the defensive unit takes great pride in its work.

The right-back told Clarets Player HD: “We have lost a couple of key players but it shows the depth we’ve got in the squad.

“We said after the second half of the Crystal Palace game that we want to keep the ball a little bit more, rather than defend for 45 minutes.

“But we have got lads who want to defend and enjoy blocking shots because it gets the team what they need.

“After games we’re all taking about who scored and this and that, but then the lads in the back four are having a little conservation about blocks and stopping crosses.

“It’s a key part of anything, so for us to block a shot or stop a massive chance is just like the lads at the other end scoring.” 

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