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Howe laments Clarets frailties

3 October 2012

Burnley boss Eddie Howe admitted that his side's defensive failings were really holding them back after Charlie Austin's hat-trick was not enough to claim all three points against Sheffield Wednesday.

A late equaliser from Michail Antonio grabbed the Owls a share of the points in a 3-3 draw at Turf Moor. Austin's two first-half goals were cancelled out by strikes from Chris O'Grady either side of half-time and when it looked like Austin had won it late on for the Clarets, Antonio struck in the 85th minute to snatch a draw.

"I'm hugely frustrated and hugely disappointed. I thought we were excellent first half," he said.

"You can't need to score four to win a game but it's been the same story this season. The beauty of it is in football you always get a chance to put it right and there is a lot of defensive work for the lads to do.

"Charlie scored a great third goal and you think we have wrapped it up but it wasn't to be and we have a lot of work to do."

Owls boss Dave Jones was left to reflect on what might have been, despite watching his side end a run of six straight defeats in all competitions.

"I thought we deserved to win," he said. "We have had 15 shots to their six or seven and I think if we had defended a little bit better then we may have a little bit more but I can't fault them.

"We conceded goals when we were on top but we took the game to them straight away. We cannot keep getting done by the goals we are getting done by.

"We came back and kept scrapping and fighting but we just needed to get our noses in front and we missed a couple of great chances before they scored. That is how tough this division is - you need to take your chances.

"Someone just said to me that it must be nice to get the monkey off my back but I had 26 games carrying the monkey around when we hadn't lost but now we are talking about another monkey on my back."

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