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Dyche: Finishing The Difference

2 March 2019

Sean Dyche felt that clinical finishing was the key in the disappointing 1-3 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Clarets suffered a second loss in four days following an unfortunate first half Phil Bardsley own goal and second half strikes from Michy Batshuayi and Wilf Zaha.

Ashley Barnes grabbed a late consolation with his 10th goal of the season to reduce the arrears.

And the Burnley boss admitted he was scratching his head at the nature of the defeat, which leaves his side still five points clear of third-bottom Cardiff City.

Dyche said: “I thought clinical finishing was ultimately the difference. I think I’m right in saying their away record is better than their home and you can see why.

“They came with a ‘defend to counter’ game and that’s good thinking from them because they have good players on turnover and pace in transition.

“They used that wisely, but it’s a strange one from our point of view because statistically we’ve done well today.

“It’s a strong performance with 18 efforts at goal, lots of the ball and numerous crossing attempts, but those final moments are the key.

“They found them and credit to them for that. We didn’t and we had enough of them.

“In the first half I felt we dominated the feel of the game and knocked on their door.

"They go and get a ricochet goal and I was actually quite happy at half time because there wasn’t a lot wrong.

“It was just the tiny details and as we all know they are so important.

“In the second half they get an early second goal and then it’s hard work and that means we have to then open up.”

Dyche, whose side had been unbeaten in four games at Turf Moor as part of the recent eight-game unbeaten run, added: “The credit I’ll give my players is they kept going.

“Barnesy nicks himself a goal and Crouchy makes their keeper make a save.

"We never lost sight of the challenge and kept going and going. That’s served us well and it will have to for the rest of the season.

“A lot will be made of two (successive) defeats, but I treat this week as a reality of the Premier League.

“We’ve not been far off today with the performance, but if you add those two defeats into the last 10 games, that’s 18 points.

“We have to earn everything and that’s not a bad return, so we just need to tighten up on the details because we weren’t a million miles away today.”

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