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Tarky Takes A Point

Clarets defender disappointed with performance but sees positives in a point

6 October 2018

James Tarkowski welcomed another point to the collection as the Clarets signed off for the international break with a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town.

Burnley were below their best as Sam Vokes’ second goal in two games wasn’t enough to make it three wins on the spin.

But a tally of eight points from the opening eight games of the season sends Sean Dyche’s men into the break 12th in the Premier League after Christopher Schindler’s second-half header pegged them back at Turf Moor and lifted Town off the foot of the table.

“It’s something we have always prided ourselves on, going ahead in games and then sticking in and fighting to get the three points,” admitted Tarkowski, who was a rock at the heart of the Clarets’ defence with two outstanding first-half blocks the highlight.

“We didn’t play well today. But we’ll take seven points from the last three games, so that the positive to take without performing at our best.

“We have steadied the ship without performing great. I think we did well against Bournemouth but in the past couple of games we haven’t performed great.

“But seven points from three games is a good return and we’ll look forward to coming back in a couple of weeks and pushing on again.”

Vokes is in a rich vein of form and stayed in the groove as he headed in another perfect cross from Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

But the striker – who will now report for international duty with Wales – admitted the Clarets didn’t do enough to go on and win it and back up their successive victories over Bournemouth and Cardiff City.

“I feel good. Getting back in the starting line-up and getting minutes under my belt is important,” said Vokes, who, in tandem with Gudmundsson, carried Burnley’s biggest attacking threat.

“As a striker you want to add goals to that. I have managed to get a couple and will look to build on that.

“I was glad to get on the score sheet but it’s disappointment in the end.

“I think we started the game strongly and we’re probably disappointed with the way we took in on after that, especially into the second half.

“We sat back a bit and let them play. They are a strong side – although they haven’t got a win on the board yet – I think they played well.

“But I think defensively we were strong today. When we were under pressure at the end they stayed strong and kept us in the game.

"It’s important when we’re not on top, not to lose those games.

“It was a slow start to the season, we all know that, but these were three big games for us and seven points in those were huge.”

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