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Defour: That Win Will Come

Midfielder confident Clarets will turn the corner after tight 1-0 loss to Man Ut

20 January 2018

Steven Defour is convinced the Clarets are within touching distance of a return to winning ways after pushing Manchester United all the way at Turf Moor.

A second-half Anthony Martial strike was all that separated the sides as Jose Mourinho’s men hung on to secure a 1-0 victory which keeps them clear in second spot in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men are now without a win in seven league games and slipped a place to eighth in the table.

But Defour is adamant the tide will turn after another positive performance against the 20-times champions.

“I think so. Definitely,” said the Clarets’ midfielder, who turned in another polished performance against the club that coveted his services almost a decade ago.

“It’s just small details. We just have to do it what we always do and some point we’re going to get that win.

“It’s not like we are playing badly. You could see that the players might have been in a dip. I think we’re still playing well but the margins are very tight in the Premier League.”

That was again the case as the Clarets lost by a one-goal deficit in the league for the third successive time.

In Dyche’s 100th Premier League game as a manager, his players gave everything to hit back from Martial’s 11th goal of the season and earn a repeat of the point they gained at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

But they couldn’t convert one of a number of half-chances or turn pressure into goals as a free-kick from Johann Berg Gudmundsson was the nearest Burnley came to ending their losing run.

“Maybe in the first half of the season they would have gone in, but now it’s not really working for us,” added Defour.

“But if you look at the game it was so tight that maybe we deserved to draw.

“I feel a bit gutted because we played a very good game. We had some chances but, unfortunately, we didn’t score.

“United have the players to finish the game with one action and that’s what they did.

“It’s just those little details that decide a game. We just have to continue.

“We have played very good games, but we have played at home against Tottenham, Liverpool and now against United. They aren’t easy games. You might lose them.

“Unfortunately, we did today but we played a very good game and we just have to keep on working to get that first win again.”


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