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Dyche: We're Rising Again

15 December 2018

Sean Dyche saw more signs that his players are regaining their steely side following a heartbreaking stoppage time defeat at Spurs.

The Clarets brilliant rearguard looked like maintaining their unbeaten at the new Wembley until substitute Christian Eriksen  fired home in the 91st minute.

But the Burnley boss feels his players are now back to their resilient best and “rising again” as they look to pull themselves away from the danger zone.

Dyche, who opted for a three-man central defensive unit in a bid to stifle Spurs, said: “We thought it was going to be that type of game from our point of view.

“We came down here with a solid formation, with a change of shape.

“That’s not easy, but we’ve worked on it all week because I felt it was appropriate. I’m open minded in that respect and I’ve thought about it many times, but I didn’t want to do it in a three-game week.

“Today was the right moment and the players delivered against a top side who can create lots of chances.

“Ironically, it was a big boot down the middle at the end that they scored from! But generally, the defensive framework of the side was good and overall we are just frustrated because the players put in a shift, not just physically, but mentally.”

Joe Hart was restricted to just two saves – one in each half – as the trio of Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Kevin Long, aided by full backs Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley and two wide men not afraid to tuck in, frustrated Spurs.

Dyche added: “Joe hasn’t had that much to do, and we attempted to break and counter, but we are still searching for that last moment.

“But there’s been good signs now in four of the last five games. There’s a resilience again and the details are getting more clear-minded.

“We’re still a little bit away from taking that balance into the attacking side, but we aren’t playing teams like this every week.

“Of course, we need results, but a lot of the game is about mentality.

“Over a season those performances will get you more, whereas earlier in the season we weren’t finding those on a consistent basis, but the players are rising again and although we know we have to start picking up points, we have to start somewhere.”

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