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Dyche: Scoreline Was Harsh

31 August 2019

Sean Dyche felt the Clarets were the victims of a clinical Liverpool side as they became the Reds’ 13th successive premier League victims.

A fortuitous own goal from Chris Wood, who deflected an intended cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, broke the deadlock following an even opening half hgour at Turf Moor.

Within minutes Sadio Mane had doubled the Merseysiders’ lead – and a third close to the end from Roberto Firmino sealed Burnley’s fate.

“I think the scoreline was harsh because there wasn’t that much in the game at 0-0,” mused Dyche.

“It’s tough against these top sides, but the energy and the organisation was good.

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“The game plan was that they play a really high line and we felt we could effect that by getting in behind, which we did a few times,

“We kept the chances down and created a few ourselves and at that stage, I was thinking if we can get the game to half time we can assess things.

“But all of a sudden you are 2-0 down and scratching your head.”

Alexander-Arnold’s intended 33rd minute cross struck Wood inadvertently on the shoulder 30-yards from goal and flew past Pope into the top corner.

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And when Mane slotted coolly past Pope moments later, following a rare defensive error from Ben Mee, the die was cast.

“The deflected goal was hard to take,” added Dyche. “It completely wrong-foots Popey as he’s coming for the cross, then soon after we make a mistake and they are clinical on turnover.

“I felt that was harsh on us, but that was the biggest difference in the game overall, I felt.

“When the turnovers came in the game they were clinical. My only gripe is that we gave it away too cheaply, too many times.

“It’s a strange one because I don’t think Popey has had too much to do, but we stuck at it and tried to ask questions and probe.

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“They dealt with it all well and they have improved as a back unit. They now have a player in Van Dijk who has made a massive difference to the back five.

“He has rubbed off on others and made them better. They have pace and strength at the back, mainly because of Van Dijk and the whole unit is good.

That is their continued improvement, and once they were 2-0 up they contained the game well.”

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