Appleton happy after Burnley defeat

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Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton hailed his players after a late David Norris strike sealed a first away win in this season's Championship at in-form Burnley.

The hosts had won their last three heading in to the game, including a win at West Ham last time out, but it was Pompey who took the spoils as stand-in skipper Norris struck in the 91st minute to give them a 1-0 win.

The 36-year-old rookie manager said: "The away record is something that has been spoken about before but I never mentioned it all week. I said to them just two minutes before they went out that there is no difference - the pitch is the same size, the grass is green and you play against 11 men."

He added: "The only difference is that you get cheered at home and booed away. To get the win was great for us.

"Having no midweek game allowed me to work hard with them during the week and that has paid off.

"Going into injury time you don't want to lose the game and getting the clean sheet was my main focus.

"I thought we did well and Stephen (Henderson) only had one save to make. Burnley played back to front in the second half and we had to concede some territory but I am pleased."

Striker Luke Varney was withdrawn with injury in the first half, but it did not affect Pompey too much.

"It was disappointing to lose Luke early on but it looks like an impact injury," Appleton added. "He caught his knee as he lifted the ball over Lee Grant but I think that if we put some ice on it over the next 24 or 48 hours then it should come down.

"We are just trying to stay focused on what happens on the pitch rather than off it. I said the other week, and I was half serious, that it helps having a couple of players who aren't the brightest because they can't think about it."

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