Boss contemplates new face to bolster squad
Eddie Howe slammed Burnley’s defending after the Clarets let a two-goal lead slip to lose 4-3 in a second half horror show at Selhurst Park.
The Clarets were coasting when two goals in three minutes from Chris McCann and Martin Paterson both scored in the opening half hour.
But Wilfried Zaha then turned on the style to completely turn the game in its head.
And after Burnley conceded three goals in the second half - before Charlie Austin’s 15th goal of the season added a footnote – Howe vowed to act.
He insisted: “To concede four goals away from home is nowhere near good enough and the number we are shipping in at the moment is a real concern.
“The statistics are there for everyone to see. We score a lot of goals, but we are conceding too many so we have to address that problem quickly.
“That means hard work on the training ground and maybe for me to look into the loan market.
“There is only so long you can go on conceding the goals we are, so things have to change.
“So we will go away and think about it and work with the players and we expect a response.
“Individually they are all good players, but defensively individually and collectively we haven’t done well enough and I have to take responsibility for that as leader of the team.”
Howe, who recalled Chris McCann and deployed Marvin Bartle in midfield, both ahead of Dean Marney as a holding midfielder, added: “We changed system today to try and be tighter.
“We knew they had pace in their side and prepared for that. In the first half we did really well, but at 2-0 up we got hit on the counter attack twice, which was really disappointing with the system we lined up with and from then on the defending was really poor.
“We are hugely disappointed to lose the game after scoring three goals away from home. If you do that you expect to get three points.
“Defensively though we are switching off and losing concentration and we just haven’t got the right mentality at the moment.”