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Dyche: Everton Defeat Was The Catalyst

3 May 2019

Sean Dyche pinpointed the Boxing Day defeat to Everton as the moment his players came out fighting to save their season.

The Clarets hit “rock bottom” following the 5-1 defeat to the Toffees, which ensured they would go into 2019 in the Premier League relegation spots.

And as the two sides prepare to meet again at Goodison Park on Friday, Clarets boss Dyche reflected on the aftermath of that Turf Moor defeat, which re-lit the fire in Burnley bellies.

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“Sometimes a team can ‘bottom out’ and that day I think we did,” admitted Dyche.

“It was a strange game and a lot was made of it. You can see why because of the scoreline, but I think Everton had three efforts on goal in the first half and scored from all three.

“They are the things, as a manager, that you have to compute, but the facts are the facts. We lost 5-1 and we had to do better.

“It’s a hard thing to put your finger on, but almost a collective thing where you say ‘that’s enough’.

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“It’s a human spirit thing, where you think you’ve hit the lowest point of the season and now what can we do to change it around.

“There was a realignment after that. Nothing too drastic because there wasn’t as much wrong as people maybe thought, but there was a shift in making sure everyone’s nose was pointing in the right direction.

“That was an important factor, and to piece it all back together in terms of results and performances, go eight unbeaten, then to stay focused on the back of another four losses and regain that feeling and take 10 points from the next four games, takes a lot.

“The tactical, physical and mental side of the game are so important was we corrected that and we’ve delivered it since then.

“So, there’s no point to prove to anyone on Friday. We just want to prove ourselves right and continue the good work we’ve done in the second half of the season.”

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Dyche could have Peter Crouch back to boost his ranks, following the former England striker’s recent appendix operation. Robbie Brady and Phil Bardsley could also be back in contention as the Clarets look to take their stunning form into the summer.

Dyche added: “There are still important games to come and I want to finish right.

“We have been in every game probably since Christmas, so I’ve been pleased from the turn up to now and there is probably relief as well as enjoyment.

“I don’t want to sit and talk as if it’s all done though, because it’s not. These are two important games for different reasons and specifically for us, to keep playing hard.”

There will be live commentary of Friday’s game on Clarets Player from 7.45pm.

 


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