Johann Gudmundsson admits the Clarets produced their worst performance of the season in losing to West Bromwich Albion and is looking for a positive response against Manchester City on Saturday.
In a repeat of their last trip to the Hawthorns two years ago, Burnley were beaten 4-0 on their bogey ground to leave Sean Dyche’s men without an away win this season.
The Clarets – who haven’t won a league game at the Baggies since 1969 – were 2-0 down after 16 minutes and 3-0 behind at the break as West Brom ruthlessly wrapped up their second home win of the campaign on Monday night.
And Gudmundsson acknowledged that Burnley’s first-half showing had cost them any chance of building on their three-match unbeaten run.
The Iceland international said: “We didn’t play well enough, especially in the first half. Everything was too slow and when we lost the ball they seemed to score when they wanted.
“It was definitely not good enough from us.
“They had their shape and that’s how they like to play and we didn’t ask enough questions of them.
“When we lost the ball they just counter-attacked, got two goals very quickly and then the third goal killed the game.
“It was a tough first half. The second half was a little bit better but it was just way too late.”
Third-placed City are next up for the Clarets for another televised fixture at Turf Moor on Saturday lunch-time.
And Gudmundsson is expecting better from a side that has won four home games already this term and beat City 1-0 on their last visit in March, 2015.
“We need to pick ourselves up. It’s a massive game next weekend and hopefully we can get some points from that,” the winger added.
“This was definitely our worst game of the season. It’s tough to take but this is football and we have to keep going.
“We also need to learn from our mistakes. We know what we did wrong and we just need to fix that and hopefully we will be all right next weekend.
“They are a fantastic team. But we have shown against good teams we can play really well, so we will do that next weekend, definitely.”