DAVID Jones believes Burnley’s second half performance at Swansea City can be the springboard to their season.
The Clarets were unlucky to come away from the Liberty Stadium empty handed after putting the South Wales club under pressure after the break.
It was almost the perfect response to going a goal behind in a first half in which they found themselves frequently on the back foot.
All that was missing was a goal to show for their spirited fightback.
But Jones, who came close to an equaliser, feels there were clear signs that Burnley are adjusting quickly to life at the top level and can soon convert that know-how into points.
“It was difficult in the first half. They play with a difficult shape to cope with we felt but once we got to grips with that in the second half we came out and played freely and expressed ourselves and caused them a lot of problems,” said the midfielder.
“I don’t think they had many attacks, just on the counter attack really and a couple of free kicks. It was a good showing in the second half and something to definitely build on in the next game.
“I think it was more belief in the second half. We seemed to move the ball quickly and it looked as if we had more space and they couldn’t cope with our shape and the way we shifted the ball because we were getting in behind them and creating danger with Ingsy (Danny Ings) running at their defence. Just a few balls didn’t really fall to us in the box which could have been the difference, but we had a couple of chances as well.
“I think we just took the shackles off and played with some freedom. But we can’t wait to go a goal behind to do that next week.
“It wasn’t a great goal to concede, but that’s what happens, you get punished whereas maybe in the Championship you wouldn’t do.
“In certain times it’s quicker, in the final third you can get hurt if you’re not in the right position or you make a mistake positionally, teams have the ability to cut through you.
“It’s just about learning quickly.
“It’s just different to the pace.
“But we’ve had two games and we need to learn quickly.”
But Jones believes they are, and that they will reap the benefit of their fitness levels.
“I felt on the pitch it was wave after wave of attack (in the second half). I thought we felt fitter, psychologically we had the upper hand, and we were unfortunate not to get the equaliser,” he said.
“I think they were on the ropes fitness wise. We had the upper hand and looked strong.
“I thought we deserved to get a goal at least in that game.
“In the second half if we’d have put one of our chances away it could have been a different story.
“We’ve had two games where we’ve had sort of a bedding in period. Obviously we wanted to pick points up in those games but now we need to move on quickly and look forward to the next game.”