It was a proud moment to manage the club that I love

Last updated : 13 November 2007 By Tony Scholes
Frank Burrows hadn't been expected to still be in charge for this game, but with Milan Mandaric's search for a new boss failing at every turn he was still the caretaker boss alongside Gerry Taggart.

Burrows saw Burnley beat his side 1-0 with a first half Andy Gray goal and said after the defeat: "I am disappointed for the supporters, that's my main concern. I feel for them. We never performed the way we wanted to perform.

"We had a poor first half at Preston, but we put it right. We just never really got started today. I gambled on putting more forwards on but it never worked. When it comes off you are a hero, but when it doesn't the fans voice their opinion. We have played a lot of games recently, but so have Burnley and everybody else.

"I try to draw positives from matches but there weren't a lot today. We were fragmented and we weren't co-ordinated. That's down to me making three changes and trying to win the game. But when you are a football manager and you don't make changes you get criticised. I am not going to argue about that, it is just something that you have to live with.

"The only way to answer a bad performance is to win the next game. That's what I have told the players. We had an off day and it wasn't our best performance at home. The only way we can put it right with the supporters is to go to Bristol City and get something."

The words from the victorious manager Steve Davis were more positive, they were personal and emotional. "It was a great start and I am absolutely delighted," he said. "Things could not have gone any better and the lads have done the club proud today.

"I've been here as a player and lately as a member of staff, but I think today's game has to be top of the list as far as I am concerned. It was a proud moment to manage the club that I love. It is where I live and it's my home. I don't need to say any more.

"It has been a tough week with the gaffer going and the result was for him today. He wished everyone all the best before the game and this result is for him because he will be missed. He has been excellent for the club and I am sure he will be a proud man as well."

Pointing the team he added: "You saw what the lads have got and I thought every single one of them was magnificent. Motivating the lads was not a problem because the manager going was a shock to everyone. But Thursday was the day for the players to wish him well and say thank you.

"Once we got on the bus on Friday, there was a lot of work to do and the players knew that. These things happen in football. You have to roll your sleeves up and get on with it and they have certainly done that."

The players and staff came over to the fans at the end and went into a huddle. "What happened at the end epitomised the club and what the lads feel about it. I was going to suggest it with five minutes to go but I didn't want to tempt fate. But when Phil Hughes and David Unsworth said the same it was a popular decision.

"It has been a tough week and we just wanted to show them there is still spirit at the club. We just wanted to thank them for their support and I am sure all the fans are very proud of the team.

"I am sure it will not always be like that, but all I could do today was get the lads ready and try to give them a bit of confidence and belief and they had that, so it has been immensely enjoyable."