Gaffer takes positives from Amex defeat
Sean Dyche was left ruing the lack of a killer touch as his Burnley side somehow came away from Brighton empty-handed.
The Clarets went down 1-0 to play-off chasing Albion thanks to David Lopez’s classy first half strike at the Amex Stadium
But after dominating the second half - after forcing keeper Tomasz Kuszczak into a world class saved from Jason Shackell’s first half header – Dyche insisted he was taking positives from the manner of the team performance.
Jason Shackell forces a top save with a towering header
The Burnley boss said: “Today I can’t ask for a lot of the players. To give that type of performance down here, dominate the ball and create chances, it’s beyond me how we came away with nothing.
“We had a sticky 10 minutes in the first half when they had us on the rack and the game could have gone away from us, but other than that I thought we were very good.
“We’ve pushed hard, created chances and been denied by a great save from the keeper, had one cleared off the line and Charlie has just missed with two headers.
“It’s just that moment of clarity in taking the chances, but we have another positive performance to come from it and I have just said to the players that if you carry on playing like that, you win football matches.
“Football doesn’t always pay you back immediately, but it does over time and the last few performances have been very good – particularly in the second half today.”
Dyche, whose side now lie 12th following five games without a win, added: “I am not naïve. You have to get points on the table. That’s what it’s about if you want to be in contention.
“It’s a concern if you are not creating chances. You can’t bluff yourself by saying how well you are playing if you are not creating them, but if your play is productive you don’t have too many worries.
“Would I take a scruffy, ugly 1-0? Of course, but the future looks bright when we are performing like that.”
Dyche reserved words of praise for young centre back Kevin Long, who followed up his assured midweek display at home to Middlesbrough with another eye-catching performance on the south coast.
He said: “Kevin was absolutely outstanding and that bodes well for a young player who is still learning his trade.
“I rarely single out praise, but he was outstanding. He’s a young man coming to a venue like this and it’s a big occasion for him.
“He was up against big players today with big reputations who have cost a lot of money, but he didn’t look fazed at all, so we have some real positives.
“We’ve come a long way and the margins are very tight in Championship football.
“You look at this run we are on and wonder how we haven’t won a game. It’s amazing but it will come.”