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Stone: It Was Great To See The Desire

Steve Stone happy with second-half improvement from Clarets

24 November 2018

Steve Stone was happy to see his side respond to the sluggishness of the first-half performance with a real good show in the second-half, in 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.

The Clarets fell behind in the 25th minute through Dan Scarr’s strike and struggled to get the momentum going throughout the first 45.

However, a much-improved second-half and shuffle in shape saw Burnley snatch an equaliser through Olatunde Bayode late on, although Stone admitted it should have been more.

He said: “I think in the first half we really didn’t get going, they struggled to come to terms to what I was asking them to do and then we conceded a goal from a set-play.

“So, the whole first half we never got going really and really looked like we could have conceded more.

“We then changed the shape at half-time and went to a 4-3-3, looking to get our midfield players more on the ball.

“So, in the second-half it changed the game totally round, we really should have gone on to win the game four or five one.

“But it was great to see the desire and all the things you’re looking for, when you forget the technical aspects its all the horrible things that you’ve got to do as a footballer.”

And defender Ben Gibson completed 90 minutes this afternoon for Stone’s side.

The U23 boss was pleased with the professionalism and leadership shown by first-team pair Gibson and Anders Lindegaard.

“Ben was excellent, they had a big guy up-front, and Ben dealt with him really well.

“He really showed his quality throughout the game, and it was great for the younger lads to be alongside him and he just went about his job very professionally.

“Its always important for the younger lads on the pitch to see how the first team players go about their job when they’re on the pitch.

“Anders and Ben were both excellent today though, from the dressing room to the pitch.”

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