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Dyche: We Showed We're Hungry

11 April 2015

Sean Dyche felt his side lacked a ruthless cutting edge in the 0-1 home defeat to title-chasing Arsenal.

The Clarets ran Arsene Wenger’s side close as the Londoners racked up an eighth straight Premier League victory thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s early strike.

But Burnley boss Dyche still felt his players showed their desire to climb away from trouble at the opposite end of the table in the final six games.

He said: “We knew it was a big challenge today because Arsenal have been on fire recently with the run we had.

“We deliberately had a game plan to try and unsettle them.  We played the ball forward quicker than we normally do because we wanted to get into their back line quicker.

“I felt that worked in patches. In the first half we only did it in spells, but in the second half we did it a lot more.

“We really just needed that moment of quality in the final third to break down teams like this and that was the thing lacking.

“But I’m not overthinking the performance because there were some really good things and a great energy, will and demand to win a football match.”

Ramsey capitalised on defensive uncertainty to fire the Gunners ahead after only 11 minutes, and it took a fine save from David Ospina before half time to deny Kieran Trippier from a wicked free kick.

Ospina then saved again from Danny Ings after the break, as an improving Burnley sought for the elusive leveller.

Dyche added: “It’s an awful goal from start to finish and I didn’t think we started well at all.

“We almost gave them the feel of the game just by not making good decisions, including the one that led to the goal.

“But beyond that I thought the first half levelled out, and in the second we just couldn’t find that moment of clarity to get something from the match.”

The Clarets completed eight successive games against the top eight with the visit of Arsenal.

And with just two points still separating then from 17th placed Hull City, there is all to play for in the final six fixtures.

Dyche said: “We’ve now got some different challenges coming up against sides who the league table suggests aren’t as good as the ones we’ve faced recently, but they are still big challenges.

“But we will still be in there, that’s for sure. You can tell by the way we are going about our business that these players are hungry to be in the Premier League and so am I.”

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