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There's No Drama: Heaton

Skipper puts defeat in perspective as Clarets remain in rude health

27 February 2019

Tom Heaton insists the Clarets remain in good shape and won’t be de-railed by the end of their two-month unbeaten run.

Burnley’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United was their first Premier League loss since Boxing Day.

And Heaton – finishing on the losing side in a league game for the first time since August 2017 – was quick to put the result in its proper context.

“The belief has flowed back in,” insisted the Clarets’ skipper.

“There’s no major drama. It’s a football match away from home.

“We still had a few good chances in there that if we had taken it changes the complexion.

“We rolled up our sleeves and dug in in the second half. Two-nil down at half-time away from home against a team that’s been relatively dominant can be tough.

“But we got together, rolled our sleeves up and went at them a little bit.

“We didn’t cause them too many problems but still had a couple of opportunities where we might have taken them.

“There’s no big deal. We’ll make sure we get on the grass this week and prepare for Saturday. We’re in a great run of form, so there’s no big deal.”

Sean Dyche’s men return to action at Turf Moor on Saturday against a Crystal Palace side level on points before their mid-week fixture against Manchester United on Wednesday night.

With Southampton playing Fulham at the same time, the gap above the bottom three could decrease to five points.

But the Clarets’ recent burst of 18 points from a possible 27 following their Boxing Day defeat to Everton has put them in a healthy position in 15th-place.

And Heaton is now focused on reverting to type against Palace following a rare below-par performance on Tyneside from Dyche's revitalised side.  

“I don’t think we were at it like we have been recently. I don’t think we started the game particularly well,” added the Clarets’ keeper, who was powerless to stop first-half strikes from Fabian Schar and ex-Blackpool loanee Sean Longstaff as in-form Newcastle made it four successive home wins.

“We go a goal down and then they get a second and have something to hold onto, the way they play.

“They’re difficult to break down and I don’t think we came up with the answers.

“I think the frustrating thing is we weren’t quite ourselves.

“It’s sometimes difficult to take, but we need to dust ourselves down and get ready for Saturday.”

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