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Dyche: An Odd Night

Gaffer rues defensive lapses as ruthless Chelsea inflict a dose of the Blues

26 October 2019

Sean Dyche felt his side were made to pay for defensive mistakes as Chelsea kept their bandwagon rolling with a win at Turf Moor.

Frank Lampard’s side notched up a seventh straight win in all competitions through Christian Pulisic’s hat-trick and a Willian strike that put them four goals to the good midway through the second half.

Late strikes from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil gave the scoreline some semblance of credibility, following a spirited Burnley display.

But Dyche was left rueing errors from Matt Lowton and James Tarkowski in the first half, which gifted the Blues a two-goal interval lead they never looked like relinquishing.

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The Clarets boss said: “It was an odd night in that I don’t think there was too much in the game, especially in the first half.

“We’ve created some good chances, but we ended up 2-0 down when mistakes were punished.

“It’s poor from us for giving the ball away in those positions, and credit to them for taking those chances, but you come in 2-0 down and scratching your head.

“Then we started the second half quite bright and took the game on again, but we gave away a third and then it’s really tough.

“At four it certainly didn’t feel like a 0-4 game, because we created some really good chances tonight and that’s pleasing.”

Dyche, who singled out Dwight McNeil for special praise, and hailed Robbie Brady’s late cameo, added: “We changed the shape and it didn’t suit us, so I changed it back and that’s kind of pleasing.

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“If you’ve got it wrong, sometimes you have to admit that, so we changed back to the two strikers and we looked more effective again.

“Credit to the players because the mentality kept us going and we nicked two late on to leave people wondering what might have happened if we’d nicked another.

“So, I’m disappointed, but also pleased because we are making better quality chances against these top sides now.

“But for the second time this season we’ve made mistakes against the top sides, similar to when we played Liverpool, and we’ve been punished.”

“The second goal, just before half time, was the real killer. At 0-1 down you always have a chance, but it changed the half time feel and then you are looking for a miraculous recovery, especially against the top teams.

“But I can’t brush under the carpet that we’ve given them three goals from mistakes and tonight that has cost us.”

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