Filed: Monday, 20th October 2014
By: Staff Writer
Burnley's Man of the Match against West Ham on Saturday has backed his team to avoid an instant return to the Championship.
Former Peterborough midfielder George Boyd has an excellent game against Sam Allardyce's team (again), hitting the bar with a fiece effort after just five minutes before scoring the Clarets' sole goal of the game in the second half.
However he believes that his side were unlucky to come away from the game with nothing to show for their efforts - whilst insisting that Burnley "dominated" West Ham at times.
"The result is disappointing but I donít think confidence will be knocked, because of the way we played," he told the Citizen. "For large parts we dominated them and West Ham will be a top team. Iím sure they will be in the top 10 at the end of the season.
"There were loads of positives. It was just a 10-minute spell we need to learn from. If we had gone 1-0 up we could have scored two or three and the confidence would have been through the roof, so we will keep believing.
"Hitting the bar was just our luck at the moment - my effort and Barnesy's. A couple of inches either side and we could have been coming away with three points. The way we played in the first half, we dominated for large spells and the gaffer warned us they would come out with a bit of a response.
"But those two goals at the start of the second half killed the game. We believed we could go and do it again for another 45 minutes, but the goals took it out of us a bit."
Boyd's team mate Kieran Trippier was just as disappointed but equally enthusiastic about the immediate future. "It's a lesson learned, it's a disappointing defeat," he added.
"We dominated the first half but in the second half they got two early goals. It's just one of those things, it wasn't our day and things wouldn't go in the back of the net. But it's gone now and we have to move on."
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