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Dyche Keeps Eye On Bigger Picture

13 January 2018

Sean Dyche looked at the bigger picture after the Clarets fell to a narrow defeat at in-form Crystal Palace.

The Burnley boss felt his side were second best in the first half at Selhurst Park, where they trailed to an early Bakary Sako strike.

But after his side pressed – and almost conjured up – an equaliser in a vastly improved second half showing, Dyche was satisfied at the mentality of his players.

He said: “We know we haven’t got as many points on the board in the last six games, but performances have been good and today I was happy, particularly in the second half.

“In saying that we shifted a long way as a club and in that second half we were on the front foot and going for the win.

“It hasn’t always been like that for us in the Premier League and, at times last season, there were times when you felt it wasn’t going to be our day very early.

“It’s not like that now. There’s a belief system now among the players and I was so pleased to se us going after Palace in the second half. That’s a good sign of how we’ve progressed this season.”

Dyche added: “There’s no doubt they were the better side in the first half. They play a simple format, a sort of 4-4-2 and get the ball forward quickly, and we didn’t play with that edge, as if we were waiting for someone else to make it happen.

“But we addressed that at half time and I was very pleased with the reaction. We caused enough problems to overall get a draw, which would have been a fair result, in my opinion.

“The immediate picture is we haven’t won now in six games, but before that we won three out of four and should have got something from the other.

“If you mix all that together, the season is certainly in front of the curve.

“You have to remember who you are and we are still Burnley Football Club; not giants of this division.

“We’re moving things forwards bits at a time and we’ve had a tough spell over Christmas, but those margins are so, so tight.

“Earlier in the season we were coming out on top in them and at the minute we’re not. There doesn’t look much wrong. We’ve just got to get on the right side of the margins.”

On-loan Spurs winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou caught the eye as a second half substitution, twice coming close to teeing up an equalising goal.

Dyche explained: “I wasn’t tempted to start Georges. He’s only just in the building and he’s got to get used to the players and how we operate.

“There were flashes today, but he’s still a young player and it will take him time to get used to us.”


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