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Pain And Pleasure For Proud Heaton

Clarets skipper sees positives in a point as Burnley 'stay on the journey'

30 January 2019

Tom Heaton hailed a ‘magical night’ as the Clarets came within a whisker of a first win at Old Trafford for 57 years.

Heaton felt the pain of conceding two late goals as United hit back in the dying stages to snatch a 2-2 draw and extend their unbeaten home record against Burnley to 20 matches.

But the Clarets’ captain also took great pride and encouragement from a collective effort on and off the pitch which extended Burnley’s unbeaten Premier League run to five games and stopped his former United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from rattling up a ninth straight win as interim boss.

“I still see it as a magical night for a lot of reasons, to be honest,” said Heaton, who produced another memorable performance on his return to the club where he started his career.

“To come here with the form they’re in and put in that performance was brilliant.

“They’ve been rolling teams over. So, we’re delighted to stand up to that and take the fight to them.

“To go 2-0 up at Old Trafford and then come out with a draw is frustrating, don’t get me wrong, and disappointing.

“But there were certainly positives. The fans were incredible, and we feel like we’re on that journey again; players, fans, the whole club, so it’s been a great night.

“It’s a good point. I think we would have all taken a point before the game. That said, in the circumstances, it’s a little bit sore at the moment.”

Goals from the in-form pair of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood put the Clarets 2-0 up with just nine minutes of normal time to go.

As last season, though, United clawed back the deficit to record a third successive home draw against Sean Dyche’s men.

Paul Pogba’s 87th-minute penalty halved the deficit before Victor Lindelof poached the equaliser in the second minute of added time – forcing the ball home after Heaton had saved superbly from Alexis Sanchez – as Burnley’s heroic back line was breached again.

It was an agonising end, but Heaton felt the Clarets could have given little more as they now turn their attention to Saturday’s vital visit of Southampton – a point behind 15th-placed Burnley before their game at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

“We came here with a really strong game plan and there was an incredible application from the players,” the keeper told Clarets Player HD.

“The lads were there in the trenches again, which you have to do when you come here, bodies on the line, the headers at the back stick and the front two’s work-rate.

“You go through the whole team and there are massive positives.

“We’re really pleased with that performance and as we always say, you keep putting in the performances the results come.

“Thankfully, we have got there in the last five games and we’re now looking forward to Saturday. The focus starts now.”

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