Burnley captain says ‘No big deal’ getting beat by Newcastle United
Tom Heaton was philosophical when reflecting on a 2-0 defeat at St James Park.
The Burnley skipper looking at the positives of five wins and three draws since their previous Premier League defeat in December.
The England international saying about losing to Newcastle away from home: ‘There’s no big deal’ after eight games undefeated.
Ton Heaton looked for positives in their second half improvement but admitted: ‘Newcastle are difficult to break down and I don’t think we came up with the answers.’
The comments from Burnley fans after the game were pretty harsh from a significant number of them, preferring to lay blame at the door of their manager and players rather than giving Newcastle any credit.
The reality was a very professional performance from Rafa’s team, with a stunner from Schar and well taken goal from Longstaff wrapping it up.
When only four other PL clubs have conceded less goals than you, Newcastle were always going to be tough to break down in that second period.
Tom Heaton speaking to official Burnley site:
“The belief has flowed back in.
“There is 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.
“I don’t think we were at it like we have been recently.
“ I don’t think we started the game particularly well, we go a goal down and then they get a second and have something to hold onto, the way they play.
“Newcastle are 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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