Defender Long sure Clarets can build on cup defeat

Kevin Long scores at Southampton

Kevin Long scores at Southampton

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

KEVIN Long has urged Burnley to use the positives of a strong second-half cup performance at Southampton to keep them riding high in the Championship.

Defender Long scored his first goal for the Clarets to give the Saints a scare late on but Southampton saw out a 4-3 win in the end.

But Long believes Burnley gave a good enough account of themselves against top-flight opposition to show they’re worthy of a promotion challenge.

“We scored three second half goals away to a Premier League club. We’ve got to take confidence from that and go into the game at Yeovil and hopefully get a win there.

“We’re up there near the top so we need to just keep winning games, take each game as it comes and see where it takes us,” said the Irishman, who feels the cup tie can be a valuable learning curve for himself and the team.

“When I found out I was in the team I was really looking forward to playing against them and testing myself. I really enjoyed it.

“I thought we started the game quite well but when they scored the first goal we seemed to step off for some reason. We showed them a bit too much respect.

“But we turned them in the second half and got in their faces and I thought we played really well.

“We showed them what we were all about, creating chances and we were unlucky in the end probably not to get the equaliser.

“We gave it a right good go.”

Despite their cup exit, there was personal pride for Long as he grabbed his first goal for the club.

“My last goal was probably with Accrington Stanley about three years ago. I haven’t scored in a while.

“When I scored I thought if we get another chance that’s the equaliser, but it wasn’t to be sadly."

Long started the season in the side but lost his place to experienced centre half Michael Duff.

The door re-opened for the young Irishman when answer Dyche opted to rest Duff, and Long hopes to have made a positive impression on his return.

“It’s been really difficult because Duffo's come in and formed a really good partnership with Shacks. I just need to bide my time and keep working hard on the training ground.

“I just have to keep working hard on the training grind and hoping that will be enough to get me in the team. When I get my chance hopefully I can do all right.”

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12:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well
Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well FakeVilla_MTCabinet
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2:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

andy1 says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well
Yawn here we go again.
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well[/p][/quote]Yawn here we go again. andy1
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5:05pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Chris P Bacon says...

andy1 wrote:
FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well
Yawn here we go again.
Don't give the unemployed any recreational opportunities. Let him make his own fun up and watch in amazement at the tumbleweed in response to his oh-so-witty bon-mots.
[quote][p][bold]andy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well[/p][/quote]Yawn here we go again.[/p][/quote]Don't give the unemployed any recreational opportunities. Let him make his own fun up and watch in amazement at the tumbleweed in response to his oh-so-witty bon-mots. Chris P Bacon
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2:11pm Tue 7 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well
If that's all you hope for in life then you'll never leave your little terraced house (the Fake Vila) and move to, well, a Villa actually!

Mega!
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: Yes we are hoping you can build a catalogue of defeats as well[/p][/quote]If that's all you hope for in life then you'll never leave your little terraced house (the Fake Vila) and move to, well, a Villa actually! Mega! RobH2O
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