Clarets boss rues home defeat to end 2012
Sean Dyche admitted his side got what they deserved following a below-par performance in the home defeat to Leicester.
The Clarets boss watched his 23-goal striker Charlie Austin suffer a recurrence of his Boxing Day injury after just seven minutes of the Turf Moor clash.
To add insult to that injury, former Burnley striker David Nugent then struck his seventh goal against the Clarets to settle a scrappy affair.
Dyche said: “I didn’t think we deserved anything today.
“I thought both teams were flat if I’m honest.
“There wasn’t a lot of energy in the game and it was a really soft goal from our point of view.
“We had a great chance at the death, which we should have scored and then we might have nicked something from the game, but overall we huffed and puffed.
“We were off our normal performance levels and it’s fair to say we didn’t look ourselves over the 95 minutes.”
Austin passed a pre-match fitness test before breaking down after just seven minutes to be replaced by Martin Paterson.
Dyche explained: “It was a strange one. Charlie cleared himself because he thought he was fine and unfortunately, as sometimes happens, once the reality of the game starts, the whistle blows and the adrenaline runs, he has felt a tightness in his glutes, so we’ve had to get him off straight away.
“You have to go with their feeling, but we got Charlie off sharpish so hopefully he will settle down quickly.
“It’s something we have to let settle down and see how long that will take.
“The team has to react to setbacks though and we nearly did.
“There was plenty of effort and we were close, but no cigar.
“It’s especially important that when big spenders like Leicester City come into town that you have that belief - and we have shown that most times.
“Today I just wondered because there was just a tiny question mark.
“But that’s part of their learning curve because we are a young group.”