Clarets star: We won’t Trip up too many times this term
7:20am Monday 27th August 2012 in Sport
KIERAN Trippier believes Burnley can carve out a good season for themselves, and insists the players will ‘keep the faith’ to make it happen, despite suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time since March.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town followed a late midweek loss at Middlesbrough – making for a dramatic comedown since the derby win over Bolton Wanderers.
But Trippier insists they have not become a bad team overnight.
The right back feels they showed their potential in the opening day performance, and for long spells at Boro despite the result, and believes they can rediscover those levels quickly.
“I think we’ll do well. We’re keeping the faith!” he said.
“We’ve had three games in a week after starting off brilliantly against Bolton.
“I thought we did the same thing at Middlesbrough – we came out and did well and bounced back (from going behind) but couldn’t get the three points.
“We started brightly on Saturday but so did Huddersfield and that early goal was a blow.
“I thought we recovered after that and Charlie (Austin) had a chance almost straight away, but we’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net with those opportunities.”
Burnley had a goal ruled out on the stroke of half-time, when David Edgar’s shot from the edge of the box went in-off Austin, who was immediately flagged offside.
It was tough luck on Eddie Howe’s men, who looked to have cleared Joel Lynch’s opener off the line. But Trippier felt they could have not complaints about either decision.
“I was on the line and it was a goal,” he said.
“I’m not going to stand here and say it wasn’t because it was.
“We’ve got to respond from that, and I thought we did for a good 10 minutes, but it was a poor result.”
Of an equaliser being ruled out, he added: “Charlie put it in the back of the net and it was just unlucky that he was offside.”
Jordan Rhodes went on to complete the Terriers first win since promotion.
But Trippier says the players know where the fault lies and are determined to put it right.
“We gave away cheap goals. We switched off a little bit,” he said.
“Against Middlesbrough I thought we got a lot of positives. Two wonder strikes obviously cost us the game but I thought the spirit of the boys was brilliant.
“But on Saturday I just thought we started sloppy. They were pressing us and pressing us with the home crowd getting behind them, and they managed to score early on.
“We dug in and I thought we had a good spell towards the end of the first half, but they came out again and we conceded another cheap goal.
“Rhodes had too much time in the box.”