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Duff: We've missed too many chances

Published 26/04/2015

Michael Duff accepts missed chances could cost Burnley their top-flight status
Michael Duff accepts missed chances could cost Burnley their top-flight status

Burnley defender Michael Duff admits a failure to take chances has left the Clarets staring at relegation.

A 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Leicester, in which Matt Taylor missed a penalty for the hosts 60 seconds before Jamie Vardy scored the only goal, extended their goalless run to one minute short of eight hours.

They are now five points from safety with four matches remaining and, unless something changes up front, they will be heading back to the Sky Bet Championship after one season in the top flight.

"I think the game changed in a minute. Missing a penalty and the goal we conceded was disappointing," the centre-back said.

"It is a cliche that goals change games, but if we go 1-0 up the feel of the game changes as they have to come out.

"As soon as they went 1-0 up, they shut up shop.

"It (missing chances) has happened probably too much recently. We've had good opportunities to take leads in games and given them up.

"If you're not going to score a goal you're not going to win a game, but it's the hardest thing to do in football.

"It is why the top players - the ones who score goals - go for £80million, but the disappointing thing is we have created chances in the last few weeks and just not taken them.

"There is no point worrying about other teams' run-ins. Unless we start winning games, we won't stay up."

There was little to choose between the two sides at Turf Moor and, had Kasper Schmeichel not produced a brilliant reflex save from team-mate Robert Huth's deflection, the Foxes may not be celebrating moving out of the bottom three with a fourth successive victory.

Bottom side Burnley now have to make up a five-point deficit to safety, but Duff insisted they will not give up.

"We have four games left and we'll have a go. It is just a little bit more difficult than it was (on Friday)," he added. "We are not naive enough to think doing all right is good enough, because it isn't.

"In the next four games, win, lose or draw, I think the opposition will know they are in a game. Whether it is good enough for us to stay up, I can't tell that.

"I think we need to win at least three. I think we put the pressure on ourselves to win every game."

Leicester winger Albrighton acknowledged the "daunting" task of a few weeks ago looks slightly less so now.

"The mood is buzzing again," he said. "It's good to keep this run going and to beat one of your rivals down there is big for us.

"The changing room is rocking and hopefully we can continue this in our next game.

"We have always had belief. We have always kept that in the group. It did look daunting, I'm not going to lie - but now it is looking better for us."

Taylor insists he is happy to take responsibility for penalties and has no problem stepping up again if required.

"I had enough confidence in my ability but I have looked at it again and somehow my standing foot slipped as I hit it and it's gone the wrong side of the post," he said.

"But sometimes you've got to be big enough to stand up and take them and when you don't score be big enough to take the criticism that might come your way.

"I said to Ingsy (Danny Ings), 'Do you want it? I am happy to take it', and he said, 'Fine'. There was a slight discussion and if he had said he wanted it, no problem.

"But I felt confident in my ability to put it away and the most important thing is that the keeper went the wrong way as well."

Asked if he would take another spot-kick, Taylor said: "Yes. Not a problem. I am big enough, old enough and ugly enough to accept responsibility.

"I would be happy to step up again and the day I don't have that feeling will be the day I need to quit the game because I back myself to the hilt.

"I know I have the correct ability to take penalties. Obviously I'm devastated but the only way I can affect it now is that as and when I'm called upon to go and put in a performance for the team."

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