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Gaffer: Injuries Are Taking Their Toll

10 February 2018

Sean Dyche felt that injuries finally took their toll as the Clarets fell to a late defeat at Swansea.

Burnley, with eight recognised first-teamers currently sidelined, looked to be grinding out a fifth draw in six away games before Ki Sung-Yeung struck inside the final 10 minutes to settle an even game.
And the gaffer feels the two-week break now comes at a good time as he looks to welcome back some of the walking wounded for the home clash with Southampton in a fortnight.
Dyche who will take his entire squad away for some warm-weather training next week, said: “I don’t think we were effective enough today and they just about edged it on the performance. 
“The margins are fine between a performance that can win and one that doesn’t and they (Swansea) are a good advert for that. 
“This is a side that, nine games ago, had nowhere near that endeavour, energy, workload and will to win that game. 
“The new manager comes in and suddenly all of that comes together and the crowd are right behind them now - but that’s football!
“We came here to a side with a bit of energy about them. I don’t think that had too much to do with the game overall because it was a tight game with nothing in it really, before they got on the right side of those margins.
“We've found that lately, partly due to our own doing at times. I didn’t think we were nearly as good today as we have been, and although we created some chances we are a bit huff and puff at the minute.
“We have got a lot of injuries and it’s just about taking its toll now. I think the lads have done well, but it is taking its toll, so the next two weeks will be important, to see if we can get some of them back.”
Dyche, who welcomed Stephen Ward back to the bench at Swansea - and revealed that James Tarkowski and Chris Wood are both close to a return - added: “We have to make the most of what we’ve got at the minute because of the injuries. 
“It’s a great chance for those lads to come in and play, but I do think they now need reinforcements, so it will be interesting to see how many players we can get fit again before the next game in two weeks.
“We are in every game and that’s pleasing, but we have to correct the run we are on, quite obviously, and we do need some of those players back fit. 
“This group have given me everything and they now need to see their mates back fit, so the squad has more depth to it.”

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