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'We Have To Deal With It' - Pope

Clarets keeper doesn't dwell on disappointment of controversial Saints' goal

24 February 2018

Nick Pope says the Clarets must quickly get over the disappointment of Southampton’s freakish late goal which denied Burnley their first win of the year.

Sean Dyche’s men were in touching distance of a welcome first win in 11 games after Ashley Barnes’ second-half goal had put them in command.

But referee Bobby Madley then impeded Clarets midfielder Ashley Westwood in the final minute and from the cross that followed, substitute Manolo Gabbiadini pounced to snatch a point from a 1-1 draw for the relegation-threatened Saints.

“It’s a gutting way to draw any football match, at the end of the game like that, especially the way it came about,” Pope told Clarets Player HD.

“But that’s part of football. We’ve got to pick ourselves up. We put in a good performance and take that into our next game. We’ll come in on Monday and go again.

“We all know he hasn’t meant to block him off. And for that to happen is probably the referee’s worst nightmare to be honest.

“It’s something we’ve got to deal with and take the performance into next week.

“I think we played well today and we don’t want that to get lost in the controversy at the end.”

After Barnes had nodded in his fifth goal of the season, Pope made a stunning finger-tip save to deny Josh Sims an equaliser in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.

But an 11th clean sheet of the campaign was then cruelly snatched from Pope’s grasp as the Clarets were forced to settle for the single point that lifted them back into seventh spot ahead of next Saturday’s visit of ninth-placed Everton.

“As a goalkeeper they are the moments you play for,” added the Clarets’ keeper.

“At half-time we said take another step forward and take the performance up a level and we did that.

“I thought we deserved that goal and got our heads in front and I thought we’d get another one or just hold on.

“But in the Premier League it’s never done until that whistle goes. You’ve got to fight until the end. We’ve learned that all season and been pulled back a couple of times.

“It’s never over until it’s over. You get through moments and you think that’s another good moment for us but it wasn’t enough to get us over the line today.

“It’s another game on the list we haven’t won but you need to take the positives. I think we deserved to win and we should have won and we’ll take that into next week.

“Points on the board aren’t to be sniffed at and that’s another one towards our goal.”

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