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Debutant Anders Feels Pope's Pain

Goalkeepers' union man Lindegaard steps up to help Clarets enhance Euro hopes

27 July 2018

Anders Lindegaard expressed his sympathy for injured team-mate Nick Pope but was delighted to make his Burnley debut as he returned to the European stage.

Lindegaard came off the bench after Pope - just back on club duty after his World Cup role with England - sustained a shoulder injury little more than 10 minutes the Clarets’ Europa League clash at Aberdeen.

And the Danish keeper, whose last European game was a Champions League tie for Manchester United six years ago, delivered the goods to help Sean Dyche’s side secure a 1-1 draw in the north east of Scotland to bring back to Turf Moor for the return leg of the second-round qualifier next Thursday night.

“First of all, I’m devastated for Nick,” said Lindegaard, who joined the Clarets last September after Tom Heaton had been ruled out with a long-term shoulder injury of his own.

“It’s very unlucky for him. You could see how focused he was coming back from the short break he had (after the World Cup).

“He got a lot of energy from being with the national team. He came back as an asset, even though he only had a short break, so I’m devastated for him.

“I’m pleased that I finally got some game time. I’ve been waiting a long time for it.

“I am happy for all the games I play, whether it’s Champions League, Europa League or Premier League.

“I’ve gone through some tough paths and I owe a lot to Burnley Football Club, the manager and his team and all my team-mates. I am here as a loyal soldier for Burnley.”

Lindegaard was beaten from the penalty spot by Gary Mackay-Steven minutes after coming on for his first taste of competitive action since October, 2016 in an EFL Cup tie with Preston North End.

But the 34-year-old used all his experience and made one superb second-half save to keep out a header from the Dons’ winger at a vibrant Pittodrie.

And a late equaliser from Sam Vokes then gave the Clarets a vital away goal to take into the return meeting against the Scottish Premiership side.

“It was a crucial goal,” added Lindegaard. “If we had lost 1-0 we would have gone into the next game knowing we would need to get a big result and facing the risk of them scoring.

“It would have been a much more difficult situation, but the work is only half done and the whole game of who’s going to go into the next round is still very open.

“Next Thursday night will mean a lot to the club and everyone around the club – and us as players as well – and we are fully focused on getting into the next round.”

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