Date: 23rd November 2015 at 6:22pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has hailed the performance of Bobby Zamora following our one all draw with Burnley at the weekend.

Video – Burnley Highlights (a)
Audio – Burnley Draw Reaction

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Hughton credited the goalscorer for again lading from the front but he admitted it was a late decision to start the 34 year old in the game, but Zamora came up trumps with the goal on his second start this season with Hughton missing seven players through injury or illness.

‘It was a fairly late decision, but we know what Bobby can do and it`s up to us to keep him at that level and fit. There is no problem with his motivation and some glimpses of his play today were exactly the reason why we bought him. It`s testament to him, his longevity in the game. He`s changed his game and we know he doesn’t have the pace he had before. He`s a strong individual and he`s a very clever player. We needed him today and I thought he did ever so well.’

With Zamora poking home from close range after Tomer Hemed’s effort had come back off the bar very early on, Burnley hit back from the penalty spot but Hughton was just pleased to see us extend our unbeaten run to 18 matches, especially given the players we had out.

He was however disappointed with the penalty decision.

‘They probably got a few more balls into the box and were a bit more threatening in the final third, but we dealt with the surge very well. We took an early lead, but being the team away from home, I thought it was a good result. You`ve got to give our team credit because after we took the lead, and getting the lift from that, we then conceded a penalty. You may have seen a dip from the team, but we were always in the game. There is no doubt that Lewis has got some of his shirt, but their lad has as well. You see that every game. In our last game, Lewis was pulled inside the box, so it feels very harsh that he chose to give it at that time, as it’s something that you see often.’

One of those where they rarely seem to be given and there was identical later on in the game that the referee ignored, so some consistency would be nice.

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