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Dyche: We Need Killer Instinct

9 February 2013

Gaffer rues missed opportunity at Reebok

Sean Dyche called for the Clarets to harness a killer instinct after Bolton staged a late smash and grab victory at The Reebok.

David Edgar’s headed goal early in the second half appeared to give Burnley the platform to go on and complete a double against Wanderers.

But Bolton subs Craig Davies and David Ngog turned the game on its head in the closing quarter to condemn the Clarets to a frustrating defeat.

Burnley boss Dyche said: “The players have given all they can to win a game today and for a lot of the game we went about it in the right manner.

“We delivered some really good stuff, but the big disappointment is we didn’t keep the ball better after going 1-0 up. 

“One of our strengths is controlling a game. We just came away from that and they have players who cost millions of pounds, who changed the game.

“It’s a really tough one to take. There are a lot of good signs here, but we are disappointed and if we really mean business, those are the games we have to take control of once we go ahead and kill games off.”

Dyche, who revealed injured defender Michael Duff is expected to be sidelined for “several weeks”, added: “We were trying to get the message out that we needed to control the ball better in that second half and we nearly did. 

“There is a bravery in that, but we demand here and we demand more, so the real frustration is it was a missed opportunity. 

“We are itching to get those points and the sleepless night will be there tonight, thinking if only we’d done this or that.

“We spoke to the players after the game about being the man who makes the difference. We just started looking at each other wondering who was going to keep the ball. 

“The main thing at that stage was possession and we just went away from that. 

“But the players here are learning and the players have delivered more often than not. There was no lack of effort, the organisation was generally good, there was a will to win with great backing from the fans.

“We just need that killer edge!

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