12:00pm Monday 31st March 2014
By Suzanne Geldard
CLARETS midfielder David Jones insists their season will not be derailed by a first league defeat of 2014.
Second placed Burnley lost for only the first time in over a calendar year in the Championship at Turf Moor – 23 games in total – going down 2-0 to leaders Leicester City.
Losing Sam Vokes after just five minutes served as an additional blow, with top scorer Danny Ings and the division’s leading assist maker, Kieran Trippier, already sidelined, while Dean Marney served the first of a two-match ban.
The extent of Vokes’ knee injury, which occurred off the ball, is not yet known although Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson noted: “I was directly above it and it didn’t look nice.”
Vokes left Turf Moor with his knee heavily strapped and on crutches.
Burnley’s medical staff will look at the knee today when the swelling has had chance to subside.
But Jones said, whatever the outcome, the Clarets were confident of bouncing back from only their fourth loss of the season and continue their charge for automatic promotion.
“It’s disappointing. To lose Sam early on is a big blow as he’s been a big player for us this season but we can’t look to things like that,” he said.
“We’ve got to rearrange things and get on with what the game throws at you,” said the midfielder.
“We’re not a team that dwells on disappointment – that’s been the message of our season and it’s no different this time.
“The philosophy of the club since I came here was to look at each game and really go hard. That’s the mentality the gaffer has put in our heads.
“We’ll move on.
“We’ve got to remember where we’ve come this season and how far we’ve gone, we’ve got seven games left and we’re looking forward to them.
“I know our squad on paper isn’t the biggest but we’ve got good quality that can come in and we’ve shown that through the season.
“It’s only one defeat against the top of the league so we need to put it into perspective, it’s not been a disaster.”
But Jones admitted the Clarets were disappointed by the manner in which the goals – two wonder strikes by David Nugent and Chris Wood in either half - were conceded.
“I don’t think we were at our best but we weren’t happy with the goals, the way we dealt with the first and the second looked like a push from where I was,” he said.
“But we weren’t at our best. On other days we’ve managed to get results when we’re not, but all credit to Leicester they’re a good team and they punish you.
“We put them under a bit of pressure but not as much as we wanted to.
“We still had opportunities, maybe not clear cut ones but if we made better decisions we felt we had a goal in us but it wasn’t to be.”
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