Vincent Kompany praised Burnley for seeing out their 1-0 win over Coventry as they moved within two points of the automatic promotion places in the Sky Bet Championship.

Nathan Tella’s first half strike earned the Clarets just a second win in six games.

After dropping 10 points from winning positions this season and drawing 1-1 on six occasions, Kompany was pleased that his side recorded their first clean sheet since August.

“It was the ideal script,” said the Burnley chief. 

“I’m not saying that’s what I wanted before the game. I would have preferred again to have put the game behind us and we weren’t capable of doing it today.

“But then given what happened midweek (conceding a late equaliser to Stoke), it was the ideal script, the last 10 minutes you have to battle it out.

“That is what the Championship does for you. You don’t get any time to dwell. You’ve got to take the learning, learn from your pains, put it behind you and move on.

“I spoke a lot about the habit of leading and it is a good thing rather than being in the habit of chasing games.”

Southampton loanee Tella’s fifth goal of the season, latching onto a forward pass from Josh Cullen before slotting past keeper Ben Wilson, secured Burnley’s fifth win of the campaign and lifted them to fourth in the table.

Kompany added: “At times you’ve got to stretch the line, make runs, disrupt the line and part of it is those runs and Nathan has been successful with them a few times already this season.

“He keeps doing that and he gives us something else as well. The impressive one is the variety of goals he is scoring.

“I’m used to square balls and tap-ins but that goal is a difficult one, how he brings it down and puts it into the opposite (side) of the net when it is bouncing, not many strikers would have scored that goal.”