But the Premier League‘s longest-serving manager was reluctant to accept that the defeat was a ‘big blow’ for the Clarets.
The visitors, for the second time in three games, were just minutes away from pulling themselves out of the bottom three.
“It’s just a reality, it’s not a big blow, we’ve still got 11 games to go,” he said. “It’s the reality of the Premier League, we know it well. There’s not a lot wrong with the performance; we were on the ascendency, creating chances, then we give away a really poor goal.
“There’s a big frustration. The marvel of a team performance is that when you can’t find that win, don’t lose! Today was that kind of feeling because it felt like we were in the ascendancy, we had a large part of the game, we kept them down to minimal chances for a home side.”
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