HOWE RUES MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Post-match reaction to Burnley's 1-1 draw with Bristol City.

Last Updated: 28/04/12 at 15:42 Post Comment

Liam Fontaine: Had to play in goal

Liam Fontaine: Had to play in goal

Burnley manager Eddie Howe was left frustrated after seeing his side let a one-goal lead slip despite Bristol City playing the final 30 minutes with defender Liam Fontaine in goal.

The defender was forced into action after former England international David James suffered an injury on the hour mark, with Robins boss Derek McInnes opting not to name a goalkeeper among his substitutes.

Danny Ings put the home side ahead 13 minutes later but against the run of play Ryan Taylor celebrated his first appearance since mid-October by levelling from 25 yards for his first goal for the club.

Howe said: "I felt we had enough chances to win the game but we let it slip.

"After we scored we thought we had done enough. We had a good spell in that part of the game where we had plenty of possession.

"We were passing the ball around with ease and I thought we were going to see the game out comfortably.

"But the nature of the division is that if you make one mistake you can get punished and that's what happened for us.

"Some of our shooting was wayward and I thought we should have put more crosses in the box and asked more questions of the goalkeeper after David James went off.

"We scored a great goal but the overall feeling of having been good in spells but lacking in consistency really sums up our season.

"We wanted to finish with a win and a performance to send the supporters off in good spirits with an idea of the kind of football we want to play next season.

"But we didn't dominate or dictate the game well enough from the middle of the pitch and that was disappointing.

"We know which players we want to bring in over the summer, but we will have to wait and see how things develop."

McInnes believes his side were good value for the draw due to their work-rate.

"I thought the players worked extremely hard and I think it was a point that we more than earned," he said.

"With a little bit more care and a bit more polish at the top of the pitch it was a game we could have won.

"Overall to come here to Burnley and get a point is pleasing.

"I think it has been a trying season for all the supporters and the players, as well as the staff.

"From the very outset there were some disappointing results and we have been in a relegation battle for the majority of the season which hasn't been pleasant.

"But of late we have shown a consistency of performance and results that has given everybody a great deal of optimism for going forward.

"The supporters can be pleased with what they are getting at the moment.

"Hopefully we can start next season in better form and make sure we progress from this.

"There are a lot of players out of contract here so it gives me the opportunity to freshen things up in the squad."

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