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Caretaker boss Mike Jackson hails ‘terrific point’ after Burnley move out of the relegation zone

Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson ‘disappointed’ at not claiming victory at Aston Villa but describes draw as a ‘fantastic point’ as they climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

  • Barnes scored from the spot for Burnley after Cornet was brought down by Buendía
  • But Buendía made amends at the beginning of the second half by tying for Villa
  • Victory over Newcastle on Sunday will secure Burnley’s Premier League status

Burnley caretaker manager Mike Jackson has admitted he was “disappointed” that his side failed to take three points against Aston Villa in their battle for survival in the Premier League, as he promised his side would be “ready” to Sunday’s tense finale.

The 1-1 draw at Villa Park lifted Burnley out of the relegation zone and they will avoid relegation if they match Leeds’ result on the final matchday.

Burnley took the lead through an Ashley Barnes penalty before Emi Buendía equalized early in the second half.

Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson was 'disappointed' at not claiming all three points at Aston Villa

Burnley caretaker boss Mike Jackson was ‘disappointed’ at not claiming all three points at Aston Villa

The Clarets were unable to find a winner, which would have increased their chances of securing their place in the Premier League, and Jackson warned that the job was not done yet.

“It’s not mission accomplished,” Jackson told BBC Sport. ‘The last thing we wanted was a point. We’re a little disappointed that we didn’t get all three.

‘All I’ve seen tonight is what this group does. They have had to entrench themselves, they have had to work. We will need it again on Sunday.

Burnley were awarded a penalty after Maxwel Cornet was brought down by Emi Buendia

Burnley were awarded a penalty after Maxwel Cornet was brought down by Emi Buendia

Jackson, who has gained 11 points since being designated interim after Sean Dyche was fired in April, said it was a “fantastic point” for his team.

“This is a tough place to come,” he said. ‘We knew we would be under the hammer at times. It was an incredible performance in terms of work rate, graft, discipline, desire. It wasn’t pretty, but those are things you need at this stage of the season.

Burnley wrap up their campaign at home to Newcastle knowing victory will secure their status in the Premier League. Jackson’s team will stand if they lose and Leeds are beaten at Brentford.

Barnes scored just before half-time for the visitors, netting his first league goal in 15 months.

Barnes scored just before half-time for the visitors, netting his first league goal in 15 months.

“You always want that, we are at home and it is in our hands,” added the caretaker manager. ‘It’s 90 minutes of work to achieve what we set out to do. We will rest and make sure we are ready on Sunday.

‘Players are used to going to these places where they have to dig. They have lived in these moments before. They are comfortable being uncomfortable. They showed it tonight. I didn’t think it was going to be a skillful game.

Jackson said Burnley were unlucky not to receive a second penalty when Lucas Digne appeared to drive into the penalty area under pressure from Barnes midway through the second half.

Buendía made amends in the second half with a well-hit equalizer goal for the locals

Buendía made amends in the second half with a well-hit equalizer goal for the locals

‘I saw it a moment ago and it looks amazingly similar [to the penalty Barnes conceded in the 1-0 defeat to Spurs on Sunday]’ Jackson told Sky Sports.

‘I haven’t looked at it in great detail, but it looks a lot like me. Listen, I’m not going to talk about it because it’s gone and I can’t affect that.

“We had a group of guys that really pushed themselves in terms of their work rate and desire to try and accomplish something and we’ve given ourselves a good opportunity.”

Burnley substitute Matthew Lowton was sent off for a ramming foul on Calum Chambers

Burnley substitute Matthew Lowton was sent off for a ramming foul on Calum Chambers

Jackson, who ejected Matt Lowton in stoppage time, said: “I never saw him as impotent, I saw him as if we needed to get something out of this game.” You can’t hide from it.

“What the group went through tonight, the spirit and the fight they put into it, it was unbelievable. The match was not a silky football match, but we knew what we had to do.

‘It was the bare minimum we wanted to go out with, so we’re happy with that.

‘Nick was amazing. He has been doing that continuously, he looks at the quality of him and the way he has been progressing. He is in great shape.

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