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Chris Kirkland 'We Were Just Lacking That Bit Of Luck'

22 April 2016

Chris Kirkland felt North End were just lacking the rub of the green in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley tonight.

Deputising for the injured Anders Lindegaard in-between the sticks, it took a wicked deflection from a Joey Barton free-kick to get past Kirkland in the sixth minute, but other than that, the towering goalkeeper kept the Clarets out, and Kirkland felt North End were lacking that bit of luck compared to their opponents.

"When you're top of the league, you seem to get that little bit of luck," said Kirkland to PNEPlayerHD after the game. "It was a sucker punch to concede early on but I thought the lads responded really well but credit to Burnley, they're a very good side. 

"I've been lucky enough to play in some big games and that was up there in terms of atmosphere. The fact that it was on a Friday night added to it I think and it was great to play in this Lancashire one.

"The lads deserve to end the season on a high with how they've played but you can't take anything for granted in this league, you've got to work and you have to work hard and we have to continue that onto the end of the season." 

It was the third time Kirkland has started this season with the occasion extra special for the keeper who walked out onto the pitch with his daughter prior to kick off.

"She asked me if she could come on so it was special to walk out with her. She enjoyed it, it was just a shame we couldn't nick one at the end." 

For more reaction from the deputising goalkeeper as well as Simon Grayson, head to PNEPlayerHD here.

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