Eddie Howe praises Burnley’s resolve
CLARETS boss Eddie Howe praised his side’s resolve as they shook off a Norwich equaliser to go on and claim a late winner.
Burnley led 1-0 at the break thanks to Dean Marney’s daisy cutter, but Grant Holt levelled in the second half, and the visitors looked likely winners.
However, Jay Rodriguez, before linking up with the England Under 21 squad for the first time, stole in to settle the issue from Danny Fox’s free kick.
And Howe said: “The lads heads didn’t drop, we kept plugging away.
“Once they equalised it was almost as if the pressure was over and we could come into the game again. Full credit to the players for that response.
“To score the second goal and then to see the game out the way we did really pleased me.”
Burnley had been the better side in the first half, but both Paul Lambert and Howe made subtle tactical changes to try and influence the game, and both had an effect, with Norwich levelling before Rodriguez’s winner.
Howe said: “Full credit to Norwich, they’re a good side and they made it very difficult for us in the second half.
“I thought we were excellent in the first half and put a lot of balls in their box.
“We perhaps didn’t create an abundance of chances, but certainly had the balance of power.
“That changed in the second half, and full credit to us because, once they equalised, we stayed strong and came back a little bit and had a second wind, and it was great to see that second goal go in.”
The goalscorer celebrated his England call-up in style, and Howe beamed: “He deserved it because I thought his all-round performance was very good again.
“He possesses a fantastic attitude and really good ability as well, so we’re delighted for him.”
Howe is also getting the best out of Marney, who has two goals in four games: “He’s been excellent since we’ve come in, he’s been really consistent and scored a couple of important goals.
“His all-round performance has been very good, he’s very energetic – box to box – so we’re really pleased with him.”
But Burnley were indebted to a number of saves from Lee Grant during the second half, as Norwich put the Clarets under the cosh: “We needed Lee in the second half. He made good decisions, had good positioning and made some good saves.
“We’re delighted with his performance as well.”