Before each home game, Eagles skipper Scott Dann previews his side's upcoming match in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the visit of Burnley.
In the first half it was a pretty even game with not many chances but we were seemingly the better side and it was looking good. After the break, they upped their game and we tired a little having played on the Sunday, so they had an extra day’s rest on us and that proved to be a factor.
That’s disappointing as you like to go into every game on a level playing field, and against the top teams you need that extra bit of energy. We lacked that in the second half to try and get the win, but they still didn’t have too many chances and only won because Christian Eriksen stuck it in from 30 yards out with a great strike.
It was a massive blow to see Mamadou Sakho go off, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that he’s OK. As soon as he went down it didn’t look great and I texted a few people straight away trying to find out how he was. You never like to see any of your teammates go down injured, and ever since he’s been at the club he’s well-liked in the changing room and he’s been great for us on the pitch.
We’re having a bad time with defensive injuries at the moment as James Tomkins is also out now. I was doing my rehab with him and he did well to get back for the Liverpool game as he worked really hard, and then he’s played well in the game and was on the wrong end of a bad tackle. He’s out for a couple of weeks or so, but we’ll miss him.
I’m trying to get back quicker than I’m supposed to to try and help out, but Martin Kelly has come in and played really well for the past few games, and hopefully he can keep that form up. We’re also lucky that we have Damien too with his experience and the amount of games he’s played in his career, so he’s the perfect person to come back in.
Burnley come here today searching for their first away win, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a threat. They’ve nearly beaten some of the bigger teams when they didn't quite get over the line, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t win away from home, and we need to make sure we’re not the first team to lose to them on our own patch. If we carry on the way we’ve been playing, hopefully we can get the three points.
They could prove crucial as we head into the final few games, which are always exciting to be involved in. When that extra little bit of pressure is on you, the games mean a little bit more whether you’re fighting to get away from the bottom of the league or trying to creep up a few places. That’s where we find ourselves now, and we want to try and overtake a couple more teams if we can.
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