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Dyche: Gulf Was Too Big To Bridge

27 August 2016

Sean Dyche admitted Burnley were second best as they came up against a Chelsea side in the pomp.

The Londoners ran our comfortable 3-0 winners through first half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian, and a late Victor Moses strike.

And the Clarets boss was left to admit that on the day, especially following a poor first half from his side, the gulf between the two sides was too big to bridge.

Dyche said: “They had far too much for us today. There is a massive gulf between where they are as a football club and us, both on and off the pitch, and it was on show today.

“If you add in really poor decision making from us and a very poor first half, which is not like us, then you have no chance of winning games like this.

“We gave the ball away far too often against a team who have changed. They are a fine side and they fill the pitch, they sit and absorb a bit more and allow you to play, rather than coming after you.

“But we didn’t use the ball well at all and there was no will and demand to go and get the ball, to use the ball or keep it.

“There were too many sloppy passes and you just can’t make decisions like we did today against teams of this quality.

“Credit to the lads for keeping going, but Chelsea were never really in trouble and we have to learn from these games because this isn’t our market. We have to take these challenges on and we wanted them, but there is a big gap.”

A plus for Burnley was the performance of Aussie teenager Aiden O’Neill, who followed up his debut against Liverpool and midweek show at Accrington Stanley with another assured display.

O’Neill, along with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and James Tarkowski, helped steady the ship as second half substitutes.

Dyche added: “I was really pleased with the changes and for Aiden to be on a Premier League pitch, aged just 18 is fantastic.

“He is a young man with a fantastic future, as long as he keeps working hard and keeps himself grounded, which I think he will.

“In the end, we stuck at it and tried to get something from the game, but it was always going to be difficult.

“We have to take away the fact this is a very good club with a deep level of quality. We go away knowing you have to come to places like this with real belief and I thought we were lacking that, in particular in the first half.”

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