SEAN Dyche admitted Burnley now need to hit a winning streak after Leicester’s victory at Turf Moor left the Clarets five points from safety.
Matt Taylor’s second half penalty miss was compounded within 60 seconds as Jamie Vardy earned The Foxes a fourth straight win to hoist them out of the relegation zone.
And after failing to find the target for the seventh time in eight games – without striker Sam Vokes though a thigh injury sustained in training on Thursday and the suspended Ashley Barnes - Dyche admitted a big turnaround was needed to keep the Clarets season alive.
He said: “It’s a cruel game sometimes and yet again the margins have gone against us. That display was enough to win a game and I think their keeper is arguably their man of the match, which tells you something.
"But you have to take your chances and they got a break. It’s a cruel game and today was another of those occasions, but as I say you have to take your chances.
“That in turn has to lead to wins and again we’ve not done that. Things have to change because that’s how football works.
“We had a spell at the start of the season when we weren’t scoring freely and we’re having another now.
“But I’m pretty sure Leicester had a spell like that and they have just won four on the trot, so things can change quickly.
“With all due respect if they can do it there’s no reason we can’t. They’re tough games, but they all are in the Premier League.
“The players are hurting of course and they are frustrated because that performance is one of many that have been good enough to win games.”
Dyche added: “All you can do is given them the motivation. The players have been developing at a new level and it’s a big jump from the Championship to this level, so you need the experience, but you only get that from being in this situation.
“It’s not just strikers either by the way. It’s everyone’s responsibility to defend and attack and they know that. The margins are ultrafine, and we’ve just seen it today in a cruel way.”
Dyche admitted he felt for Taylor, whose first start since August saw him hit the post with a spot kick he earned himself on the hour mark of a tense Turf Moor clash.
He said: “If you look back at Matty’s history he has taken two defining penalties back in the day at Porstmouth.
“He knows what it’s about and I always believe that when a player goes and grabs a ball, then he feels comfortable. Unfortunately it didn’t go in but it’s just one of those things.”