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Dyche: The One That Got Away

2 January 2017

Sean Dyche felt the defeat at 10-man Manchester City was the one that got away.

The Clarets went down to two second half goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero before former Blues defender Ben Mee reduced the arrears 20 minutes from time.

Fernandinho had earlier been red carded for a late lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson, leading to a double half time substitution of Aguero and David Silva.

However, despite a late rally the Clarets couldn’t force a leveller against a City side who ran the clock down nervously.

Dyche said: “I think it’s the one that got away today and that’s unfortunate.

“It’s tough to come to these places and it was a strange affair because 11 v 11 I felt we looked strong.

“They went down to 10 men and that put us off kilter a little bit before half time. They made two changers at half time and that definitely affected the game and we kind of lost the feel of the game.

“There was no lock of will or demand, we just lost our focus. But equally you have to give them credit because the two changes they made were strong.

“We came away from what we do and that allowed them the chance to get into the game.

“At 2-0 down it’s hard then, but as our lads do they have given everything to get back in the game and arguably they should have been down to nine men.

“The boy Sagna has to go off for kicking Boydy and the referee must have seen it because he yellow carded him.

“Then you never know, because you need everything you can get when you go to these places.

“We’ve certainly given a good account of ourselves today. It’s just that we couldn’t get the point, but they are top class at home and it doesn’t take away from what we’ve achieved.

“We’ve taken a few knocks but we don’t get dented by these things and generally we should; be happy with this part of the season and where we’ve got to.

“Now it’s about continuing the journey and staying resolute to our performances in order to get what we want.”

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