Lowton backs penalty villain Tarkowski to bounce back

Date published: Friday 22nd September 2017 2:56

Matt Lowton has backed James Tarkowski to bounce back after his penalty miss cost Burnley a potential Carabao Cup run.

Tarkowski has been a solid performer for the Clarets since being asked to fill £25million Michael Keane’s shoes in defence and was rewarded with the captaincy against Leeds on Tuesday night.

But his big day ended in disappointment as he gave away an injury-time spot-kick in the 2-2 draw and then missed from 12 yards in the shootout, which the Premier League side lost 5-3.

Lowton revealed the centre-half took some consoling in the aftermath of the third-round clash, but is sure he will react well against Huddersfield on Saturday.

“He was down in the dressing room and felt as though he had let the lads down,” said Lowton.

“But people got around him and said he had shown the courage to step up and take a penalty. Since the start of the season he has been fantastic and the lads just tried to tell him how good he’s been.

“He’s not tried anything silly. He’s just unfortunate that the keeper guessed the right way and saved it.

“But he’s been alright and I think he will be fine.”

Since winning promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs Huddersfield have been compared to Burnley, in terms of commitment, cohesion and the ability to surpass modest expectations.

Both teams were among the favourites to go down at the start of the campaign but sit sixth and seventh respectively having taken eight points apiece from their first five outings.

There may be games this weekend with bigger transfer fees, glitzier names and silkier skills on show but few should outstrip the fixture for sheer work-rate.

“They are probably the side most similar to us,” said Lowton.

“It seems like they work hard for each having watched the clips. It looks from the outside that everyone is working hard. You see someone giving the ball away and the next man in is trying to win it back and get it back.

“It will be a hard working game. They don’t, and I am sure they won’t mind me saying, really have one or two, three stand out players that everyone is talking about. They work their socks off together and it just proves that works.”

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