We’ve laid down a marker for ourselves with that performance
It was Burnley’s night at Turf Moor as three second half goals gave us a comprehensive 4-1 win against promotion rivals Derby County to take us above them in the league.
Derby boss Paul Clement described it as a night to forget as he saw his side heavily beaten after coming in at half time level having been the better side.
He said: “There was a four to five minute period where we didn’t defend our box very well and it was penalty, penalty. The game totally changes after that.
“I thought we played very well in the first half. Their first goal was really against the run of play but it was a fantastic response from us and a wonderful goal from Jacob Butterfield.
“I think overall on the night the difference was what happened in the two penalty areas. I think in between the two penalty boxes we were very good, we used the ball well. We peppered their box with crosses and they defended their penalty area very well and we didn’t. There were two mistakes for the penalties.
“It was a night to forget for us.”
I’m not sure what Sean Dyche thought at half time but I don’t think he could have envisaged how things would go after the break. “That’s the magic of football,” he said. “It never pans out how you think it will and it was a game of two halves.
“They showed what a good side they are, but never really penetrated enough to threaten Tom Heaton, but against that, we showed good resilience and organisation, and there was good will and demand from my players, knowing full well that it’s hard for teams at this level to dominate a whole football match.
“We felt at half time we’d done a lot of good work and that it was time for us to progress the game and we certainly did that. I enjoyed the second half because some of the play was terrific, not just the goals.”
It was a surprise to some that Sam Vokes stepped up to take our second penalty after Andre Gray had converted the first, but Dyche explained: “It was pure trust on my side. I trust them and I think penalties are something an individual has to want to do.
“I would never pick a penalty taker. I would offer it to those who want to take it. They obviously did and I knew Andre would take the first. I didn’t know Sam would take the second, but I am more than happy to trust my players with those decisions.
“I decide a lot for them, but sometimes you have to trust them. They have great trust in each other and that was evident tonight.”
The goals are coming right now and Dyche said: “We had that little bumpy ride, but our performance levels were there so it wasn’t a bad run. I’m not trying to brush anything under the carpet, but we created good chances in some of those games and they didn’t go in.
“Goals change games and now we are creating and scoring and that’s the difference.
“We have crunched the league again, which is important. I said we’d played a lot of good teams away and they are coming back here now. We’ve laid down a marker for ourselves tonight with that performance and outcome, and it has to continue.
“You can’t just sit on your laurels, so we will refocus and go into the next one.”Share this page :