It takes all the noise away
Burnley recorded a highest ever win in the Premier League, beating Bournemouth 4-0 at Turf Moor and the two managers have had their say after the game.
Visiting boss Eddie Howe admitted: “It was a strange game. If you look at it, we had some good ball today, we threatened to create great chances but we didn’t execute the final pass well at all today. We made bad decisions in the final third and I don’t think they had too many chances. The stats could tell me different but that’s my gut feel in the immediate aftermath.
“The third goal was all important and we shot ourselves in the foot with the two first half goals. It’s a tough ask to come back from 2-0 down in any game.”
“We were clinical last week. We didn’t have many chances last week but converted them and we didn’t have that clinical nature in either penalty area today, so it’s a head scratcher. That’s football though, one week you can go from one extreme to another but we have to maintain our consistency in our preparations.”
Sean Dyche was certainly happier than he was last Sunday at Wolves. He said after this first win of the season: “We had a good open chat with the players in the week after the disappointment last week, and I reminded them, and again today before the game, that I’m proud of everything they have done and everything they do. Forget about the fact we hadn’t won a game. I am telling you now, they have given the club their lives and will continue to do so.
“You can judge people on winning, but these lads put a lot in, and they have in the early part of the season. They have been travelling all over and then there’s the outside noise and negativity from the Europa, but they’ve batted it away the best they can and to be able to bounce out of last week’s performance into that one was very, very pleasing for them, not just for me and the fans.
“It was very pleasing for everyone in the stadium. The crowd were behind the team. They know what the lads have given them down the years and they stayed resolute and made sure the team knew they were backing them.
“That’s when this is important. We’ve had some great times and we’ll have more, but we have to earn them and support for the players is important. It’s new for them, don’t forget. Success hangover they call it, and I called it a fog last week, where you are working and working and suddenly you hit that level. Then you add in all the other stuff and it can be a tricky animal to handle and more difficult than the past.”
He added: “It was the complete opposite of last weekend. We were on the front foot straight away and they are a good side, by the way. I know the ups and downs of this business and I did say last week, you are never as far away as you think, or as close as you think to being the real thing.
“We’ve found a healthy balance this week, and this is a start. It takes all the noise away and gives us more freedom in the next performance to crack on.”Share this page :