Caldwell demands improvement

Burnley skipper blasts poor defending on the road

Caldwell: Disappointed with away form

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Steven Caldwell has urged Burnley to cut out the 'sloppy' mistakes that allowed Blackburn to score three goals on Sunday.

The Clarets took the lead in the Lancashire derby at Ewood Park but surrendered their advantage too easily as Blackburn ultimately prevailed 3-2.

Owen Coyle's men have now lost their opening five away games and Caldwell cannot understand why the defending has been so poor on the road.

The skipper wants his team-mates to keep their focus in future and make sure opponents have to work much harder to break them down.

"It's a big thing because we've done it for five (away) games now, but it's not a massive structural thing in the team or anything about our shape, it's just sloppy, sloppy goals," Caldwell told the Lancashire Telegraph.

Extreme concentration

"The concentration at this level has to be so extreme. If you give chances away you lose goals. There are quality players - guys like David Dunn, (Yossi) Benayoun, whoever you want to talk about - they will score chances when they come along. If the ball sits there it's a goal.

"We really should have got something from the game. In the second half especially we were the better team, played some lovely stuff, cut them open and looked a lot more assured defensively, although I think the first half they were really sloppy goals to give away.

"There wasn't a period of time we were under concerted pressure by any sort of great play by them. It was just putting the ball in the box the old fashioned way and we never really stood up strong enough.

"We would lose those goals at any level; they were really sloppy goals and it's been indicative of what we've done away from home this season."

One talking point from the game was Blackburn's second, when Franco Di Santo headed the ball home after Brian Jensen had been knocked to the ground by one of his own players.


Coyle stated after the match that he thought Di Santo had nudged Stephen Jordan into Jensen and Caldwell also believes the goal should not have stood.

He said: "I still think their man obstructs Stevie to cause Brian to come into him. I'm going to say that, but I was angry.

"Without going into mega details, I felt that if it was at Burnley the referee would have given a foul.

"I was pretty angry at that, but these things happen when you're away from home and the home crowd's up for it.

"I also think Brian should have and could have come out and taken everybody out of play.

"It's one of those things, it's a team game and we're in it together and unfortunately the three goals we've lost are sloppy as a team.

"It doesn't matter who does what, it's disappointing to come away from home, score two goals, play such lovely stuff and lose the game."