Gaffer content with draw at Oakwell
Sean Dyche took the positives following the hard-fought 1-1 draw at Barnsley that takes Burnley into Sunday’s big derby with momentum.
The below-par Clarets failed to take a stranglehold on the game following Charlie Austin’s 21st goal of the campaign after only four minutes.
Marcus Tudgay headed the Tykes level before half time, and after sub Danny Ings rattled a post soon after the break the game petered out in an even second half.
Clarets boss Dyche said: “I was disappointed this evening, especially in the first half.
“We never got to grips with the game or our performance. We were more interested in their performance and how we were dealing with that as a team.
“I expressed that to them at half time and we changed the shape tactically.
We had chances in the second half, notably when Danny hit the post, and we got better. The most pleasing thing though is the mentality.
“I’ve mentioned many times it’s difficult to play well every week and dominate and we certainly didn’t do that.
“But what we did do is make it very tough for the opposition to get a result tonight and Lee Grant has had very little to do, so it’s pleasing that we were determined to come out of the game with something.
“We are building a mentality and we are getting got be a much harder team to beat.
“We are a much harder team to break down than previously, so that’s another real positive.
“But I am hungry for good performances. I want good performances and for the team to express themselves and tonight there wasn’t enough of them wanted to do that.”
Austin ended his mini-goal drought by heading home a Ross Wallace corner to open the scoring.
Dyche added: “We went into defence mode following the goal and I couldn’t work that out.
“We spoke to them at half time about it and made it clear that not enough people wanted the ball tonight, or wanted to use it.
"I must say though they are changing their mentality and fitness levels and getting the balance right between defending properly and learning to play properly.
“That balance just wasn’t there tonight, but the overriding positive is that we have come away with a point from a place where everyone tells me our record hadn’t been that good.”