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Burnley back in contention for play-off place

After defeating promotion seeking Swansea 2-1 at Turf Moor, Burnley boss Eddie Howe believes his team have an outside chance of making the npower Championship play-offs. The Clarets recent poor run of form that has seen them lose four on the bounce, but after these three points find themselves five points shy of sixth spot with a game in hand and Howe said: "It was a very strange game.

"Swansea were very good in the first half and made it difficult for us but the lads responded really well when we conceded which was very pleasing.

"We showed a lot of heart and a lot of character. The way the players kept their heads was terrific, especially after the run we've had of late.

"The lads gave everything and this has been a really pleasing day after a poor start to the game.

"The way the crowd got behind the team in the second half was fantastic.

"We want to try and win all of our remaining games to give ourselves a chance of the play-offs."

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was upset with the second half collapse.

"We shot ourselves in the foot.

"We had plenty of opportunities in the first half and when they don't go in you wonder whether luck will be on your side.

"But for us to get that goal and then turn around and lose like we did is bitterly disappointing.

"The game was there for us and there is no excuse, we got punished.

"We didn't stay in control for long enough, particularly after we scored.

"We have showed we can control a game on plenty of occasions this season but we failed to do that today."

Rodgers felt David Webb's decision to award Burnley a penalty was a soft one.

He added: "I don't think it was a penalty. The player has gone down and exaggerated it a bit, but to lose is very frustrating

"Having worked so hard and then come away with nothing is very disappointing.

"But our ability to bounce back has become a hallmark of this team and I am still confident we can go up."

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