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Burnley's promotion dash stutters with home draw

Coventry caretaker-manager Andy Thorn lead the Sky Blues to a well-deserved 2-2 draw at play-off chasing Burnley. Thorn totally changed the tactics from previous incumbent Aidy Boothroyd who was sacked on Monday with immediate results.

The visitor's three-pronged forward line of Jutkiewicz, McSheffrey and Freddy Eastwood caused Burnley a whole manner of problems, and Thorn praised his players for embracing the changes.

"I thought the boys were absolutely fantastic," he said.

"We changed quite a bit in a short period of time.

"We loaded a lot of information into them in one go and I thought they were awesome.

"For large periods of the game we were in control against a very good side pushing for promotion.

"I like the way we kept the ball, our work ethic was fantastic and they were a credit to the football club. I felt, maybe, we deserved a little bit more from the game.

"That's what we've got to build on, those are our standards and we have to go on from there."

Burnley boss Eddie Howe admitted that City's attacking formation caught his side on the hop.

"Coventry put us under pressure and credit to them, they performed very well," he said.

"It was a complete change of approach and a releasing of the shackles. They came here with nothing to lose."

Howe named the same XI that went down 3-0 to Millwall at the weekend, but the home fans were not impressed.

"I gave the players the chance to put Saturday right and we didn't get the response we expected, so it's something we'll look at against Bristol City at the weekend," said the former Bournemouth boss.

"In an ideal world you'd have vocal support from start to finish. It's not an ideal world and it's understandable that the supporters get frustrated.

"It's a case of the players being mentally strong and being able to deal with that pressure.

"You have to look at the bigger picture. We're still in a very good position and we have to focus on the remaining games.

"It's not the three we wanted but it's a point closer to where we want to be."

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