NICK Pope has called on Burnley to take the positives from Saturday's draw with Southampton into next weekend's clash with Everton.

The Clarets were denied a first win since December 12 when Manolo Gabbiadini equalised in the final minute, just seconds after Burnley had lost possession of the ball when referee Bobby Madley got in Ashley Westwood's way.

While Pope was disappointed to see the winless run go on he felt the Clarets were worthy of all three points and doesn't want to see the late controversy distract from the improved performance.

"We have to take the performance into next week, because we played well, we don’t want that to get lost in the controversy at the end," the 25-year-old said.

“It’s another game on the list we’ve not won but there’s positives we can take, it’s a game we deserved to win and we should have won, so we take that into next week."

Burnley were better than they have been of late against the Saints, improving after the break and being rewarded for that when Ashley Barnes put them ahead midway through the second half.

But Pope admits it's never over until the final whistle blows in the top flight and the Clarets paid the price for not putting the game out of sight of the visitors.

“At half time we said more of the game, but take a step forward rather than a step back, take the performance up a level," he said.

“We came out and we did that, we deserved the goal, got our heads in front and we hoped to get another one or hold on.

“In the Premier League it’s never job done until the final whistle goes, you’ve got to fight right till the end and we’ve learnt that all season.

“It’s never over until it’s over. It wasn’t enough to get over the line.

“It’s a gutting way to draw any football match at the end of the game and especially the way it came about, but it’s part of football, we’ve got to pick ourselves up, we put in a good performance and we need to take that into our next game."

The point took Burnley to 37 for the season, within a win of matching last season's total, and kept them seventh in the Premier League.

“Points on the board aren’t to be sniffed out, it’s another point to our total and towards our goal," Pope said.