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Dyche: Time To Reboot

2 September 2018

Sean Dyche promised that Burnley will “reboot and restart” after the international break following the home defeat to Manchester United.

The below-par Clarets were punished by Jose Mourinho’s side, who wrapped up victory before half time thanks to two Romelu Lukaku goals.

And Dyche is happy the two-week shutdown gives his players a chance to regroup, following one point form the opening four Premier League games.

The gaffer said: “It’s a strange one for us. We’ve come out of a useful period of great experience, but equally it’s been a tough period for my players.

“We’re at game 10 already, with 16 or 17 outfield players for most of that period. That’s been a challenge – albeit a good one, and generally we haven’t gone too far away from, what we are about.

“Now we’ll reboot and restart. We have a couple of weeks, when a few of the players will go away on international duty, but for the rest they can, at last, take a breather and work out what’s been going on.

“We can speak to them about that, but when you are good you are neve that good and when you are bad you are never that bad, and we have to bear that in mind.

“The players are close to something, but we have to tidy up at both ends.”

Belgian international Lukaku opened the scoring with a free header in the 25th minute and doubled his tally on the stroke of half time following a lucky bounce in the box.

Joe Hart saved a Paul Pogba penalty after the restart, before United ended the game with 10 men after substitute Marcus Rashford saw red for putting his head into Phil Bardsley’s face.

Dyche added: “Any disappointment is quickly thought of in the same process as realities.

“They are a decent side and I said as much before the game. There is a lot of noise about Manchester United at the moment, but facts are facts.

“I thought they came out of the blocks and started hard and fast and defended strong today, so sometimes there is a balance to disappointment and that’s where they are and where we are.

“We know we are not in Manchester United’s league and it’s a massive challenge for clubs like ours to get close to them guys.

“You can, by the way, in one-offs. But when they turn up it makes it a much tougher challenge.

“The goal just before half time was a real sickener for us, but I thought we reacted well in the second half.

“We got about them a bit more, but they still had some breakaway chances, even when they went down to 10 men, and in the end I’ve no complaints.”


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