DAVID Edgar says Burnley must get back to winning ways quickly if they are to stay in play-off contention.
After a previous run of four league victories out of five, the Clarets have now gone three games without a win – with Edgar’s goal not enough to prevent them losing 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Another defeat for sixth-placed Middlesbrough meant Burnley are still within four points of the play-off places, but they have now slipped behind Brighton and rivals Blackburn Rovers to ninth position. Edgar says they must win games again soon to stay in the race and has his sights set on a Turf Moor victory in the Clarets’ next match.
That will either be against Huddersfield on Saturday or, if the Terriers win their FA Cup fourth round replay tomorrow and that game is postponed, at home to Middlesbrough on Tuesday, February 19.
“We need to get some more wins our belt,” said the defender.
“We have been really good of late but we have just taken our foot off the gas a little.
“Before this we were doing really well and flying high.
“The last few results have taken the shine off that a little and we need to make sure we put that right next week.
“Nobody wants to lose games – especially local derbies and we will want to get a reaction.
“The type of team we are we will get one no doubt.
“We’re looking for a reaction at home and I think we will put it right then.”
Edgar’s goal, which put Burnley in front at the Reebok Stadium, was his first for the Clarets since he netted twice in a comeback victory at Hull in November 2011 – although he has scored for Canada since then.
“I was happy to score but the result takes the shine off it a bit,” said the 25-year-old, back in the starting line-up in place of the injured Michael Duff.
“I am just disappointed that it was not the winning goal.
“We were on the front foot in the first half and in the beginning of the second half when we got the goal. You could see the whole atmosphere changing around the place with the crowd getting on their backs.
“Our fans were great and outscreamed the opposition, and we are just disappointed we did not give them the three points.
“We stopped playing our football.
“They went a bit more direct and put us under a bit more pressure but we were quite comfortable.
“Even though they got the two goals we still defended well. We just stopped playing as a team.
“We have got to be mentally stronger and that is what the gaffer has been trying to get across to us. We need that little bit of composure.”