Clarets assistant confident of success

IN CONTROL: Chris McCann moves forward with the ball

IN CONTROL: Chris McCann moves forward with the ball

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CLARETS assistant Jason Tindall is confident that a ruthless spell at Turf Moor could lead to end-of-season success.

The Clarets haven’t exactly disgraced themselves on home soil, accumulating eight points from the previous four fixtures, but that unbeaten run has been somewhat overshadowed with five wins from six on the road.

Stalemates against Derby County and Peterborough United have seen Eddie Howe’s side lose some ground on the Championship top six, though a season average of one win in three at Turf Moor hasn’t helped their cause.

However, Tindall believes the victories will come.

He said: “The results will come.

“You want to take all three points from all your home games.

“That’s what we set out to do before the game and that was our aim at half-time when we were 1-0 down.

“The main thing is that we didn’t lose the game.

“We’ve only lost two in 12 now, which is a great run, and if we can continue that form then who knows where that can take us.

“If we continue the run of form that we’re on, then hopefully we can achieve something this season.”

Only time will tell but, despite the Clarets slipping to 11th following Saturday’s draw with Posh, Tindall still views it as a valuable point gained rather than two lost.

“It’s very frustrating because it was a game that we were more than capable of winning,” he said.

“You’ve got to give Peterborough some credit, they came here, particularly first half, and did well. They got themselves in front, but we’ve shown great character to get back in to it and get a point.

“Who knows how valuable that point will be come the end of the season?

“We need to find consistency over longer spells, especially at home, and I’m sure it will come.

“For 45 minutes in the second half, you saw constant pressure on the Peterborough goal, and we need to be doing that for 90 minutes.

“I’m sure that will happen, but on the same token a couple of months ago we may have lost that game.”

It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance at weekend – broken and disfigured in the first half, but inventive and versatile after the interval.

But Tindall can’t put his finger on the game’s transformation.

He said: “I don’t think it would be right to blame the conditions because it was the same for both sides.

“We are professional enough to be able to adapt to the conditions.

“It wasn’t ideal for players or spectators, they’re certainly not the conditions you want to play in, but for whatever reason we didn’t start right.

“We made sloppy mistakes that were a bit out of character for ourselves.

“When you go away from home, the home teams tend to feel like they need to be on the front foot and commit more bodies forward, and that leaves more of an opportunity to break them down. As a player you look forward to playing at home in front of your fans, because it does excite you

“And you’ve got to give the players credit because I thought they were fantastic in the second half.”