To bring the game back to life with a goal like that is fantastic
Burnley scored a late, late winner against Crystal Palace this afternoon, a winner that left visiting boss Alan Pardew frustrated and Clarets’ manager Sean Dyche enthusing about his team.
Pardew was concerned at the number of errors his team made which, in his view, gifted us our goals. He said: “I would have been quite happy to take a point at the end, but unfortunately we made another error which we made for all their goals.
“It was such a committed display from us and we were so in control at times, so it’s galling to come away with a defeat. Even in the first fifteen minutes we played okay but we made two errors and that allowed them to break on us twice, the home team.
“We’re going to have to look at that because as powerful as we are at set plays, we can’t over commit like we did on those occasions. Having said that, I think anyone who was here would have been surprised that that was the scoreline.”
It’s a fourth successive defeat for Palace, but he added: “The standard of the opposition has a little bit to do with the four defeats. Leicester and Liverpool at home are tough old games. There wasn’t a lot wrong with our performance today apart from those big errors, and to be fair to Burnley they punished us on those and their confidence is high. Having said that, we should have got something today.”
They didn’t, and having come from 2-0 behind to beat us 3-2 on their last visit, it was our turn to get the late winner. “It’s a strange anomaly that we go two goals up again and they come back, but thankfully this time it went our way,” said the Clarets’ boss.
“We hung in there a little bit at times, but we know we can do that, but to bring the game back to life with a goal like that in the final stages is fantastic. That’s arguably one that goes into some of the folklore of my time here and I think people will talk about that one for a while.”
He added: “It’s fantastic when you win and the thing today for me was that there were two teams both trying to win. I thought we were really good first half, even though they had a few chances, but they started to come into the game more.
“They got it forward and wide much quicker and came to life in the attacking third. They got us on the back foot, whereas we were on the front foot in the first half, but that happens.”
Ashley Barnes was the third Burnley player to be introduced just under ten minute before he scored the winner. “It’s hard to get subs right and I was so, so pleased with the subs today,” Dyche said of that. “Scott has been a bit under the weather, so he was running out of energy, then Tarky comes on because they had Benteke and Wickham and we wanted a screen on them.
“Then that moment came when me and my staff are standing there and we are debating which way can we make it swing. So to get Barnesy on, I’m so pleased. To see him do his job defensively and then goes and nick the winner, it’s good for me, good for him, good for the team and good for the club.
“We were struggling to get out because of their good play I must say more than us not playing well. We were defending ever so well and I thought which way can we make this swing so I was really pleased with that one. You can’t get them all right, but today I was so pleased with that because it was by design and it worked.
“The win is a big marker for us. I’ve spoken so many times about that relentless attitude. You never take it for granted. You have to nurture it, but today, against Everton and against Manchester United when you are getting peppered, the manner of the players to give every inch was first class.”Share this page :