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Taylor: The Worst Way To Lose

'Gutted' defender hurt by late goal but lifted by Clarets' show of strength

15 December 2018

Charlie Taylor admitted conceding an injury-time Wembley winner was a “horrible” way to lose.

But the Clarets’ defender believes Burnley’s battling performance against Tottenham – with a new-look back five – was another step forward in their bid to pull away from trouble.

“We worked on it in training this week and it went perfectly well,” said Taylor, who lined up to the left of a three-man central defence.

“We were set for what would have been a great point at a very tough away fixture.

“It’s absolutely gutting. In terms of losing a game, it’s the worst way you can possibly do it.

“After holding on for so long and then to concede in injury time is horrible.

“But we are looking more like a typical Burnley team over recent weeks.

“We got a good result and a clean sheet last week and again we got so close against a top side, so there were definitely positives from our point of view.”

Tottenham are on their best run at this stage of a Premier League season as they look to hang onto the coat tails of Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race.

But they looked as though they would end up frustrated as the Clarets defended superbly in their bid to repeat last season’s draw in this fixture – the first time they had avoided defeat in a league game at Spurs since 1974.

Joe Hart made two superb saves to deny Eric Lamela and everyone in front of him ran themselves into the ground before Christian Eriksen’s last-gasp strike finally broke Burnley’s resistance to give Spurs a 1-0 win.

That left the Clarets just two points above the drop-zone with a trip back to North London to face Arsenal next week.

But Sean Dyche’s men will travel south again knowing they have re-discovered their mean streak with another tactical option at their disposal.

“It’s another top team right in form at the minute, so we will have our work cut out,” Taylor added.

“But we will put some together this week on the training ground and try to put in a similar performance.”

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