Kevin Long happy to start

Sheffield Wednesday's Jeremy Helan battles for the ball with Burnley's Kevin Long and Kieran Trippier
Sheffield Wednesday's Jeremy Helan battles for the ball with Burnley's Kevin Long and Kieran Trippier

Clarets defender Kevin Long vociferated his delight in making his first start in over seven months.

The 24-year-old was last selected in Sean Dyche’s starting XI in the seven-goal thriller against Southampton in the FA Cup at the St Mary’s Stadium - with the Irishman scoring his first and only goal for the club.

Long, signed from Cork City by former boss Owen Coyle in January 2010, did feature in Burnley’s 3-0 triumph against Charlton Athletic at The Valley in March, but only appeared as an 89th minute replacement for defender Michael Duff.

Following the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup at Turf Moor, Long said: “I don’t think we played particularly well tonight. It was an in-between performance. Our keeper didn’t have a save to make but we created few chances. It was always going to be a one goal game.

“I was delighted. It’s my first game since playing against Southampton in the FA Cup last season. I was delighted to get 90 minutes but disappointed with the result. I’ve been working hard in training, keeping my fitness up, waiting to get my chance.”

Long added: “It’s been hard work not playing. My aim is to break in to the team so I just tried to do as well as I could in the game. If I keep working hard, hopefully the gaffer will give me my chance. Then when I play these games I just need to perform to the best of my ability. It’s every lads dream to play in the Premier League and now we’re here I’m just itching for my chance.”