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Tarkowski Aims For Euro Tonic

Defender admits Clarets have themselves to blame after opening defeat

19 August 2018

James Tarkowski wants a European pick-me-up after a bad defensive day at the office for the Clarets.

Burnley head out to Greece in mid-week for the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie with Olympiakos.

And they do so on the back of an opening home league defeat of the season in the Premier League after Watford secured their first away success since November thanks to a tidy 3-1 triumph.

Tarkowski headed his first Burnley goal to quickly cancel out an early strike from ex-Claret Andre Gray.

But there was no response to two quick-fire goals from Troy Deeney and Will Hughes just after half-time as Sean Dyche’s men conceded three goals at home for the first time – and their first goals in almost 400 minutes of competitive football – since Tottenham left with the points just before Christmas.

“It was nice to get the goal, but the day was disappointing,” admitted Tarkowski.

“We didn’t start off well in the first half and gave them a sloppy goal.

“We reacted really well to that and for most of the first half we dominated.

“To go in only at 1-1 was a bit disappointing again after last week when we dominated the first half and didn’t go in the lead.

“Then we started really sloppy again in the second half and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.

“You could say the goal is a nice strike for the third one and good play for the second, but we pride ourselves on defending really well and I don’t think we did today.

“We played some good stuff and we are making chances. We’ve just got to start to take a few more because in this league everyone is going to have a strong period and Watford punished us today when we gave them the chances.

“Fair play to them but we’ve got to look at ourselves more than them and we’ve got to defend better and when we get our chances we have got to finish off them.”

The Clarets saw their unbeaten five-match start to the season come to an end but quickly return to European action next week.

And Tarkowski is expecting a positive response to in Athens to enhance the Clarets’ hopes of reaching the Europa League group stages.

The defender added: “It was a tough day for us, but it was a good week up to now and the good thing is there are plenty of games to react to and a chance to turn it around, so we’ll look forward to Thursday and go and get a positive result in Greece.

“It’s a good opportunity for the lads to get out there and react straight away and we’re looking forward to it.

“It will be another great experience for us. It will be another tough test against what will be a good side, but so far we have really enjoyed ourselves in Europe and it’s something we will be looking to continue.”

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