We wanted to be competitive as a minimum
Burnley travel to Goodison Park tomorrow to face an Everton side in rich form on their own ground, but their manager Ronald Koeman has warned his players that there can be no let up against the Clarets.
“We can’t make the mistake of looking at Burnley’s away record because every game is different,” Koeman said. “We have momentum at home but we know we need to be 100% at it. We need to be concentrated, disciplined and we need to play out of a good organisation with a lot of freedom for the front players.
“We have a lot of creativity with some players in front and we know we have a great finisher who will create chances and he will score which is a big boost for the team at home. We have produced really strong performances at home, of course. Even last week when we conceded two goals we scored four to win the game against the Premier League champions and it’s important to feel good at home.
“Confidence is key and after we beat Manchester City 4-0 earlier this season at Goodison it gave a big boost to everybody and we have continued that momentum at home. If we play on the same level as the Leicester game, we have a lot of possibilities to win against Burnley, but we need to start the game well and maintain our concentration, like we did in our recent home games. We have to be at our level that we showed last week to win the game.”
Although we are still to win away from home, Sean Dyche spoke about the improvement on the road that has seen us pick up vital points recently at Hull, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. He said: “I have never swept under the carpet the fact we haven’t won away and I don’t choose to do that, but there have been some building blocks put in place.
“I’ve been talking about it all season and I think we have been unlucky in two of those three games not to have won them, but managers who are a lot deeper than me in their careers in the Premier League, they often say ‘a clean sheet and a point away from home, you’d take it all day’.
“Not so much the managers who are managing the top clubs and pushing for the title, but, generally speaking, that’s a good marker and we’ve got those points on the board recently and they have been important.”
With six games to go, Burnley are on 36 points, but Dyche said: “You want to be looking forward, although we’re not naive. We’re well aware of the complexities of the division and we’re well aware our major goal from the outside looking in and from the inside looking out is still to be in the Premier League on an ongoing basis.
“We have never pushed that away, but I’ve also said that’s always the first port of goal for a team that’s promoted. So we look at that and then we look at where we’re at and what we’re doing and what we want to achieve. We don’t look at this on a daily basis, we don’t even look at it on a weekly basis.
“Every now and again we’ll catch up with the team and have a meeting as a group and say ‘right, that’s where we were, this is where we are, what are our expectations etc. etc.’. It’s right in general terms we are looking forward and want to look up, but also you’ve got to be reality bound and know you’ve still got to keep an eye over your shoulder because you’ve got to be right for that as well.
“We wanted to be competitive as a minimum. We’ve done that. Now we’re in a good base position to go into this final group of games, good mentally, good physically, and with a good points tally for the reality of what we are in this division.”Share this page :