Boss vows to change things after Huddersfield defeat
Candid Clarets’ boss Sean Dyche admitted his side had turned in an unacceptable performance against Huddersfield and vowed to make the changes needed to get Burnley’s season back on track.
A 1-0 defeat to the struggling Terriers at an unhappy Turf Moor extended the Clarets’ winless streak to six games as they slipped into the bottom half of the Championship.
And Dyche pulled no punches after Burnley conceded a 55th-minute goal to James Vaughan and failed to find the net themselves for a third game in a row.
“It was a very poor performance, well below par for what we expect from this group of players – unacceptable,” said Dyche.
“I have spoken to the players and asked them about it. We won four out of five and were flying and then we’ve had an awkward run.
“Performances haven’t been too bad, particularly in the last two games, but then tonight was just a very poor performance
“It does happen, but it was exaggerated tonight and, like I say, unacceptable from this group, because they are a good group.
“They know it and they know they have to come out fighting and give more on Saturday.”
One goal was enough for Huddersfield to take the points
Burnley have now won only one of their last five home games and Dyche admitted that his players must be able to handle the level of expectation at Turf Moor after seeing their play-off hopes fade since the end of January.
“Tonight was a big game for us and maybe that’s something we have to look at with the players because in the big games we need them to stand up,” he added.
“They haven’t tonight and that was a big challenge for us, to re-ignite that little spell and get ourselves into a position to keep challenging.
“The crowd gets edgy, which makes the players edgy. But that’s part of the job.
“It’s not always good news in football. There are plenty of challenges and you have to play through them.
“The shape of the team wasn’t good tonight, which is unusual for us. There was no lack of effort, but it was misguided effort.
“We talk about working hard but we talk about working smart and we didn’t work smart tonight.
“We hit the bar and had a few hard luck stories but we’ve had too many of those lately and that’s got to change, it’s as simple as that.”
Sam Vokes went closest to an equaliser
Dyche rung the changes in his bid to stop Huddersfield winning for only the second time in 18 Championship matches with Dane Richards, Sam Vokes and Marvin Bartley all introduced from the bench.
Jamaican international Richards was later withdrawn with Dyche conceding that the plan to use his pace out wide didn’t pay off.
But the boss insisted he will not hide from making the alterations needed to reverse the Clarets’ recent form as they plan for Saturday’s trip to Charlton Athletic.
“It’s important we get on the front foot and we deliver,” said Dyche.
“We will change what we need to and go again.
“We need to look at it, address it and we will change where it needs to be.
“We have a massive amount of work to do and it’s there to be done.”