Burnley boss Howe pleased with fighting spirit

AUDIO: Eddie Howe reflected on his first league win as Burnley boss and admitted they needed a second wind to put a puncture in City's excellent away form.

'Full credit to Norwich,' said Howe. 'They are a good side and I thought they made it very difficult for us in the second half.

'I felt we were excellent in the first half and put a lot of balls in their box.

'We perhaps didn't create an abundance of chances, but we had the balance of power.

'In the second half that changed and full credit to us because we stayed strong and came back with a second wind.

'The lads' heads didn't drop and we kept plugging away.

'It was almost once they equalised the pressure was over and we could come back into the game again.

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'Full credit to the players for that response and then to score the second goal and see out the game really pleased me.'

Former City loan player Dean Marney put the Clarets ahead and although Grant Holt levelled it just after the hour mark, local boy Jay Rodriguez struck late on to clinch the win.

'I thought Jay deserved it,' said Howe. 'His all round performance was good again and he has a fantastic attitude and great ability, so we are delighted for him.

'Dean has been excellent since we have been here. His all-round performances have been very good, he gets box-to-box and he has been really consistent and scored a couple of important goals, so we are really pleased with him.'

Howe gave a home debut to highly-rated Charlie Austin, signed last month from League One Swindon, and insisted he needed time to get used to the change of pace in the Championship.

'There is a big difference between League One and the Championship and it will take him a while to get used to the pace and how quick it is,' said Howe.

'But once he does he will be fine and the two games he has had will be really important to him and we are going to look to work with him and improve him, but we know once he gets chances he will score goals.'

Meanwhile, Howe revealed that striker Martin Paterson's season could be over following a recurrence of the thigh injury that sidelined him for two months.

The Clarets' Northern Ireland international striker was injured at Doncaster in midweek in only his second game back following two and a half months out injured.

Howe said: 'Unfortunately Martin has had a recurrence of his thigh injury, which is a huge blow to us.

'He is going to be out for about eight weeks with a slight tear, but the likelihood is he is going to struggle to play again this season.

'We would like to think we could get him back, but there is clearly a problem in there and we need to make sure we address it and get it right for the lad's sake.