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Bardsley: Belief Is Back

Defender sees something to build on as Clarets raise the spirits at Turf Moor

5 December 2018

Phil Bardsley felt the belief come back to Turf Moor as the Clarets breathed fresh life into their Premier League campaign.

A 3-1 defeat to title-challengers Liverpool extended Burnley’s winless run to eight games.

But the Clarets’ fans responded to a morale-boosting display which saw Sean Dyche’s men briefly lead and threaten the Reds’ unbeaten record.

“It was due. We knew we had to put in a performance and credit to everyone. I think everyone was top-class tonight,” said Bardsley, who helped set the tone with a terrific showing on his return to the starting line-up for the first time since mid-September.

“You have to give them something to cheer about, whether it’s a tackle, a header, a pass or a shot on goal.

“I think we did that and credit to all the lads. Even though the result didn’t go our way we gave the fans something to cheer about and something to believe in.

“We believe in each other as players. We’ve had a tough start to the season, but we believe we’ve got a group of players good enough to get out of this mess. We’ll keep working hard and hopefully a win is just around the corner.”

Manager Sean Dyche made five changes to his starting line-up in a bid to get back to form and haul the Clarets out of the bottom three.

And the new-look side justified that re-shuffle with a performance that rattled the visitors.

Jack Cork’s goal early in the second half was only the sixth Jurgen Klopp’s side has conceded in the Premier League this season.

But Burnley were unable to press home that advantage as James Milner squeezed home the equaliser before Mo Salah and Roberto Firminho came off the bench to give Liverpool - who have now enjoyed their best ever start to a season after 15 games - fresh impetus.

And after Brazilian international Firminho had put the Merseysiders ahead with his first touch, Xherdan Shaqiri added a third in injury time to produce a scoreline that belied the Clarets’ efforts.

“I think it’s something to build on after a couple of disappointing results,” added Bardsley.

“I thought we did well against Newcastle and then we weren’t so clever against Crystal Palace, but I thought tonight we did well and gave them a real good game.

“We needed to hang on another 10 or 15 minutes.

“It’s a difficult one to take but the class they’ve got coming off the bench with Firminho and Salah we knew it was going to be tough when they got that equaliser.

“But it’s something to build on with some very good performances.

“There are places to be had in the team and the manager made that quite clear.

“Everyone is training to the highest of standards and it’s up to the manager to pick the team. He picked the team tonight and I think the lads did well for him.”

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