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Dyche: Quality Was Lacking

18 March 2019

Sean Dyche felt his side lacked the quality to unlock 10-man Leicester City in the last gasp defeat at Turf Moor.

The visitors had lost Harry Maguire in the third minute for a trip on Johann Berg Gudmundsson as the Icelandic wide-man closed in on goal.

However, James Maddison put the Foxes ahead only for Dwight McNeil to soon restore parity.

And despite dominating the second half, Dyche’s men fell to a sucker punch as Wes Morgan headed home a deflected cross in the last minute to steal the points.

The Burnley boss said: “I’m obviously very disappointed and it was a strange game in many ways.

“When a team goes down to 10 men so early it can feel strange unless you get a grip of the game straight away, and we didn’t.

“In the second half we corrected things and had a lot of the play, but those quality moments that you need to win a game weren’t close enough.

“You have to have that moment of truth and clarity.

"I will say it’s not easy to break down a team that set up 4-4-1. 

"But you have to find those moments and often we question the defensive side of our game, but our key players who are attack-minded have to find those moments. There is as big a responsibility there as there is defensively.

“In the second half there was more of an 11 v 10 feel, in terms of possession and getting into the right areas, but we couldn’t find the real moments of quality, and that’s probably the question we’ve had all season, finding them in the attacking third.”

Burnley could have had a second half penalty with the scores locked at 1-1, when Charlie Taylor was clipped by Wilfred Ndidi after cutting in the box.

However, Dyche was more concerned with his side making their own luck, than relying on a referee decision.

He explained: “There was a big moment with the penalty at 1-1. I don’t want to make it about that though.

“They are making defensive changes and working on the idea of counter attacking and we didn’t give them a lot.

“But you are always fearful towards the end of a game and, in the end, it was unfortunate for us.

“We are bit unlucky that the cross balloons up off Charlie Taylor and loops up onto their lad’s head, but I am a great believer in working hard and forcing your own luck.

“Since Christmas we’ve had eight big results and now had four go against us. This is a tough one, but that’s the reality of the Premier League.

“But we have seven more games and they are all very important games for all different reasons.

“The only way we can look after ourselves is to play well enough to look after ourselves.”


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