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Burnley ended a run of four successive defeats with a 2-0 win against Wolves this afternoon at Turf Moor and visiting boss Nuno Espirito Santo pointed to the early goal that made it a difficult afternoon for his team.

“I’m disappointed,” he said. “I’m disappointed with the way we started the game because we started very badly. when you concede so early, the game comes much harder after that. It’s clearly something that we can avoid, something that we can be better organised in stopping, so it’s disappointing in that aspect of the game.

“After we fell behind, we took a little while to settle down again, but we were able to play. In the second half we started very well, we had some chances, we produced opportunities, but we didn’t score. When we’re not clinical enough to level the score, and then try to go for the win, it’s difficult, and after the second goal it was game over.”

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Having fallen behind, he added: “Everything becomes harder and it’s something that we can avoid, and we must avoid. But this is part of the growing process of the team and shows we have to be switched on throughout the whole game. Sometimes you have a lot of the ball and you cannot produce enough. I think we produced, we created some good movements, good football, managed possession well and had clear chances, but today, what disappointed us is the way we started the game, losing 1-0, as it’s not the way we should compete.”

Sean Dyche has spent time away from the club during the international break to have surgery on a long standing nerve problem in his back. He was close to missing our game at Spurs in December, made it, and he was very definitely there today for his 300th game, seeing us get the same scoreline against the same team as was the case in his first game in charge.

“I am very pleased from a professional point of view because I’ve had to have a back operation in the past couple of weeks,” he said. “I’ve had to have a week away and I thank my staff because they have obviously kept at it with the training levels we expect. I’ve been trying to put it off after four months of agony, but the specialist felt he could get me back to work early and he’s done that very well. Hopefully over the coming days I’ll be back on the treadmill, but for now I’ll just be happy to be back at work and enjoying days like today.”

He continued: “I’m pleased with the performance in so many ways. Obviously the result is more important, especially today after losing four games, but we did all the basics and all of the ugly stuff really well today. They are all the things that you need sometimes to get wins, but in the bigger picture it’s a strange one. You can lose four in a row and that makes a story, and I understand that, but people soon forget we’ve taken 21 points in 13 games since Christmas. That is a really healthy return and not many teams across the Premier League have done that.

“We had 12 points at Christmas, 12 points from 19 games. Of course, we still need more, we know that, but we are showing signs and I did say a few weeks ago that if you put those four losses in the run, then you would accept that return.”

On the opening goal, he said: “We started very well and Dwight and Woody caught eyes well for the first goal. In the second half they grew into the game, changed formation and threw caution to the wind, while we were a bit cagey and edgy, which you would expect, but then, because of our diligence to do all the basic stuff we know we can find moments and Dwight finds a fantastic one, so I am pleased on all levels.

“The fans are going to be nervous, but they stuck with the team today and the team delivered what you would call a very professional performance to win that game. We know we are a side who can’t be fluent every week, we can’t dominate games every week, but equally we know we are very strong when it comes to defending and doing the basics.”

 

 

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