A blister? Run on the other foot then

Last updated : 01 May 2006 By Tony Scholes

Beresford was at his best, certainly during the second half, and needed to be to prevent the Clarets winning the game and his manager Mike Newell was fully aware of that. “Marlon Beresford kept us in it during the second half,” Newell said.

“We played some decent stuff in the first half and scored a very good goal, but in the second half we were not there at all. We couldn't hold the ball up and Burnley put us under plenty of pressure.

“They played better in the second half, but you would expect that because they are the home side. What we have done though was get a point from the game, which we haven't done as often as we should have done this season, and we have to be happy with a point.”

Steve Cotterill agreed very much with Newell and felt the Clarets were unfortunate not to have won the game. “We are very disappointed not to have won it,” he admitted. “We created enough chances and Marlon Beresford was the best player on the pitch today, and that says it all really.

“We created lots of chances and it was a much better performance than last weekend, and that's what we were hoping for, It wasn't an end of season game, both teams tried desperately hard to win it, but I'm disappointed we couldn't find the winning goal as we created enough chances.”

Steve also had some words for young striker Kyle Lafferty, who scored his first goal for the club, and revealed that he had a problem at half time, complaining that he was suffering from a blister on his foot.

“A blister?” said Steve, “Run on the other foot then.” But he did praise the goalscorer and added, “I think Kyle played really well today. We have used him sparingly in recent games, to gradually bring him into the picture. I fancied him to score today, and we are really delighted with that.”