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Norwich promotion hopes dented at Burnley

Burnley earned a hard fought 2-1 win at Turf Moor over promotion chasing Norwich City, mush to the delight of boss Eddie Howe. Howe said: "Full credit to Norwich. They're a good side and made it very difficult for us in the second half.

"I thought in the first half we were excellent and put a lot of balls in their box. We didn't create an abundance of chances, but certainly had the balance of power.

"In the second half that changed, but full credit to us because when they equalised we came back with a second wind. It was great to see that second goal go in.

"We needed Lee Grant in the second half. He made good decisions, had good positioning, and made good saves. We're delighted with his performance.

"I have to say, the lads' heads didn't drop. In fact, once they equalised it was almost a case of the pressure being over and we could come into the game again.

"So then to score the second goal and see out the game the way that we did really pleased me."

Norwich counterpart Paul Lambert was disappointed not to get at least a point out of the game.

He said: "I thought we were brilliant in the second half, I really did. There was only one team in it, but at the end of the day we got beaten. But you pick yourself up and go again.

"I thought we were in the ascendancy. They took off a striker and tried to match us. If anything we probably played too attacking, but that's the way we play at times.

"I don't think it was a free kick [in the build-up to the second goal], but you've still got to defend the cross better. The balls travelled 80 yards but if you've got a man, you pick him up.

"You expect Burnley to be strong. They've just come down from the Premier League and they've got a really vibrant crowd, and we've just come up from League One.

"So if you're asking me if I'm disappointed not to beat a team that's just come down from the Premier League, yeah, absolutely, because we gave as good as we got. But if we keep playing like that, we'll be fine."

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