Clarets boss Howe blasts poor defending
5:53pm Saturday 6th October 2012 in Sport
FURIOUS Burnley manager Eddie Howe blamed individual errors and “suicidal defending” in letting a 2-0 lead slip to lose 4-3 at Crystal Palace.
The Clarets led through second league goals of the season for Chris McCann and Martin Paterson.
But Wilfried Zaha crucially pulled one back for Palace before the break.
Zaha equalised with his second early in the second half – with Burnley conceding both on the counter-attack.
Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray went on to make it 4-2 going into the final 15 minutes.
Charlie Austin scored his 11th goal in six games to set up a frenetic finale, but the equaliser evaded Burnley.
However, Howe admitted the Clarets should never have been on the back foot in the first place.
“It's hugely disappointing to lose the game,” he said.
“To score the amount of goals we are at the minute and not getting the points is hugely frustrating.
“We feel very low. At 2-0 up we were well in control. The first goal was a frustrating one to concede, and the manner of the second one – four versus two – was suicidal defending away from home “We set up not to do that. We changed the system to be tighter with three in midfield.
“But we are making individual errors and it's costing us.”