I was really pleased with all that ugly stuff
The points won by Burnley in today’s 1-0 win over Leeds this afternoon delighted manager Sean Dyche while Steve Evans was encouraged by the way his team played having gone a goal down in the first minute.
“We got off to the worst possible start. It was a lack of concentration, but we went on and showed our character,” Evans said. “Their goal cost us because of our inability to take chances.
“It was one-way traffic in the second half and Chris (Wood) had a couple of chances that he would normally take, they’re bread and butter to him. Woody should have scored two and Antennuci should have had a penalty with his first involvement in the game.
“We played well enough and we dominated. If Burnley are winning a game like today then they’re destined to be in the Premier League. I thought we passed it well and switched the play well today. I thought they were hanging on for the final whistle.”
Dyche admitted: “It was a very tough win. I thought the freedom Leeds showed came from our good start and goal and we were a bit nervy and edgy, but we’re human, so I expect that. The crowd were the same and they are human as well, but you have to find a way to win and we’ve done it again. That’s a hugely important factor because we all know we can play better than that.
“All of the basic details and principles of playing a game are not about glorious football; they are about doing all the ugly things in order to win and we’ve done that. I was really pleased with all that ugly stuff and the key is winning.
“At this stage of the season you are not looking at anything else. Early in the season you are building a team and a future for that team. Now it’s about the immediate future and that’s our focus and that will continue.
“What’s weird is that people are using the word luck, but you can’t luck your way to the top of the league at this stage of the season. It’s an impossibility and before anyone throws that at us, I’ll show you the eleven penalties we’ve not been given this season.
“There’s a balance to everything and we’ve got the win we needed and that calms everyone down after three draws, which strangely seemed to make a big story after we’d won six on the trot.”
Speaking about match winner Scott Arfield, he added: “Scotty has been questioned lately and a few of the fans have been on at him, but I reminded him on Friday that he has the highest performing statistics from a wide man in the Championship. He has the most goals and the most assists, so I told him ‘just remember what you are’/
“He started brightly, scored a great goal and was effective throughout the game. He keeps on going and he will do all the ugly stuff he needs to, in addition to the pretty stuff.”Share this page :