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No Blues For Comeback Kid Cork

Midfielder lifted by late counter-punch as Clarets look forward after Chelsea loss

28 October 2019

Jack Cork is confident the Clarets can bounce back after his own return to frontline duty.

Cork resumed his pivotal partnership with Ashley Westwood against former club Chelsea following two matches out with a fractured shoulder blade.

And while the midfield man couldn’t prevent a 4-2 loss to the in-form Blues, Cork believes the Clarets’ two late goals can propel them positively into a November fixture list which sees them play Sheffield United, West Ham, Watford and Crystal Palace wrapped around another international break.

“If we hadn’t scored the two goals at the end, we would have been a little bit disappointed, but we still had a go,” said Cork.

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“And the two goals at the end showed we have a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks.

“We showed good resilience and a good character about us and a lot of positives.

“There’s no need to be down. They are one of the best teams in the country with some good young players.

“We have got some good fixtures coming up against teams in and around us and we tend to do well against them.

“We will be looking to get some points. We are due some luck and some smart performances so I’m sure we’ll be all right.”

The Clarets took the fight to a Chelsea team chasing a seventh successive win in all competitions and missed chances to trade blows more evenly with Frank Lampard’s men in Burnley’s 100th Premier League game at Turf Moor.

But a three-goal burst inside a 13-minute spell either side of half-time – with USA skipper Christian Pulisic completing a hat-trick following a couple of defensive slips – put the visitors out of sight before the Clarets’ homegrown duo of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil struck late on.

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“It’s part of the game. You’re going to have games where you make mistakes and it’s how you react,” Cork added.

“Obviously, it’s not an ideal situation to concede that many goals, but I feel we got back into it and held our own a little bit.

“We started the game well and we started the second half well but when you’re 2-0 down it’s hard.

“We need to be in amongst the game, taking the lead or holding them out at 0-0.

“Everyone says it about the club and the boys here. We are always in games and always there or thereabouts. It didn’t look like it at 4-0 but we stuck at it and scored two goals.

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“When we were 4-0 down, at least we didn’t go the other way.

“We got together, we had a go and we scored two goals which is a good positive to take from it.

Cork’s return was another plus-point for the night as he slotted straight back in to increase manager Sean Dyche’s midfield options.

That will be key going forward after successive defeats for the first time this season pushed the Clarets down to 13th place in the table, with Cork delighted to be over a freak injury he sustained when landing heavily in a challenge at Aston Villa at the end of last month.

“It feels really good to be back,” he said. “It was one of those things. I couldn’t really do much which was frustrating.

“It was more of a time injury, waiting for it to get ready.

“I could run around and do everything, but it was just the contact on the bone. It was nice to be back on the pitch.”

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