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Shackell rues the win that got away
CAPTAIN Jason Shackell admitted the gloss was taken off his first goal for Burnley after it proved insufficient for the Clarets to earn a first derby win in over 30 years.
Shackell’s quick reactions to convert after his initial header hit a post gave Burnley a deserved lead just after the half-hour, and it looked to prove enough to secure the long-awaited bragging rights – even after Ben Mee’s second half dismissal for fouls on David Dunn and Grant Hanley.
But Blackburn Rovers stalwart Dunn rescued a point in the fifth of six minutes of stoppage time.
Shackell described breaking his Burnley duck in front of almost 4,000 Clarets fans as “an unbelievable feeling”.
But in the end his emotions were mixed, with the skipper insisting it would have meant more if it had counted for three points.
“We deserved the win I thought,” he said.
“It was a good performance and we’re really frustrated and disappointed not to get the three points.
“We did really well and we feel a bit aggrieved with their equaliser at the end.”
Of his goal, Shackell added: “I’ve had a few chances but I couldn’t have picked a better game to score my first goal for Burnley. It was fantastic. You can see how much it meant to the fans – they were right behind us from the get-go and to score in front of them was an unbelievable feeling.
“It’s just frustrating it wasn’t a match-winning goal.”
Burnley were in control at Ewood Park for long periods, but the 65th minute dismissal of Ben Mee, for two bookable offences, ultimately changed the outcome of the game, despite Burnley battling on bravely with 10 men.
“I didn’t feel like we were in any trouble. We had a couple of scraps in the box but we always felt in control, we were compact, as a team we worked our socks off and did everything right, organisation was fantastic. I couldn’t see them scoring,” said Shackell. “We don’t think we had much to do in the whole game really. That just adds to the frustration.
“You can’t ask any more – when you’re down to 10 men away from home in the big local derby, we gave everything and we just fell short.”
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