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Dyche: We Lacked Cutting Edge

26 December 2013

Sean Dyche felt his side just lacked a cutting edge after dominating possession in the Boxing Day defeat at Middlesbrough.

Emmanuel Ledesma’s 24th minute strike was enough to condemn the Clarets to only their third league defeat of the season on a day when clear-cut chances were at a premium.

Boss Dyche said: “Nobody likes defeat when they come around, but we are aware there is a possibility because this is a tough league.

“Overall, I felt we delivered a very good performance. There were pockets of really good play and we just weren’t perhaps as effective and clinical inside the box, where we have been.

“But we created chances and dominated possession. I’ve seen the stats and we had 56 per cent possession away from home, so there are many good things.

“There was just something missing today and it’s hard to define because the margins are really tight.

“But let me tell you, there were a lot of good things today. There was a great energy to the side and other than in the box we played some really productive football.

“It was just that really clinical chance that we didn’t create.”

Dyche, who confirmed that Ben Mee missed out with a tight thigh strain, added: “Fair play to the opposition because they defended resolutely and at times it was like they were the away side.

“I think the biggest overriding message for us, as a club, is seeing the reaction from their bench after winning a game.

“They were going mental at the end and it was like they had won the World Cup!

“That’s how far we have come this season as a football club, when people react like that. That’s a powerful message to me about what we are achieving as a club, so we build on that.”

Dyche also felt the decisive goal should have been disallowed for a foul on Jason Shackell by Marvin Emnes in the build-up.

“It looks a foul to me,” he said. “Not because of an over-zealous challenge, but because he (Emnes) wasn’t looking at the ball. 

“Jason’s header then drops to their lad and he hits a wild shot that moves all over the place to be fair to Tom (Heaton).

“There are tight margins in a game and you want them to go in your favour, but the ref did make a brave decision in the second half when their lad (Varga) took a tumble in the box, so you can look at that. 

“Mark is a very good referee, but that was one that went against us today.”

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