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Howe's dismay at defending
5:57pm Saturday 1st September 2012 in Football
EDDIE Howe rued poor defending as Burnley slipped to a third straight league defeat.
Two of Brighton's three goals were superb efforts from Craig Mackail-Smith – either side of a Gordon Greer equalising own goal – but manager Howe admitted their quality was no consolation.
“Again we've conceded from three set plays which is hugely frustrating from our perspective. We were on the wrong end of two great finishes but, still, we've got to stop them,” he said.
“The first one's really disappointing because we end up deep and it's a good finish. We should have dealt with that.
“The second one, it's the second phase, we're slow to get out and stop the cross.
“Really we shouldn't concede an overhead kick in our box. We've got to have our head on the end of it.
“When we equalised we were well in the game and had a couple of great chances to go 2-1 ahead.
“Ultimately we paid the price and it's a poor defeat.
“The third one he (Greer) just pulled away and lost his man. It's hugely disappointing.”