We’ve never tried to bluff anyone about what we are
Burnley came home after last week’s defeat at Stoke to record a fifth home victory of the season against Bournemouth, managed by former Clarets’ boss Eddie Howe.
Howe had seen his side come back from two goals behind to beat Liverpool last week but there was to be no repeat as the Clarets won 3-2 having secured an early two goal advantage.
“We knew the threat that Burnley would pose,” Howe said. “They didn’t disappoint; they are very direct. Every set piece came in our box, we expected it, we knew it was going to come. We had to deal with it better and we didn’t.
“From being in a position where we started the game really brightly we are 2-0 down very quickly. Then we had to rebuild and got control of the game about twenty minutes before half time but gave ourselves a mountain to climb.”
He wasn’t happy with that mountain, brought on by two poor goals conceded. He added: “The manner of the goals is disappointing from our perspective. As I said we knew what was going to come but we didn’t deal with it.
“The first one from their perspective is a good finish, from ours we are disappointed he’s got in that position. The second one’s a free header from a corner. At this level, at any level, you can’t afford people that space so credit to the players because we kept going and got our way back into it. If we had scored the second goal earlier potentially it could have been different but it was just too late for us.
“We still had moments and there was still enough time for us to have a couple of chances. We had a lot of ball today but didn’t probably do as well as we have done in recent weeks with it. We became a little bit desperate which is understandable when you are chasing the game but it’s the goals conceded now which are a concern for me. Yes we had to score four to win last week and we would have needed four again to win this week and you can’t keep doing that.”
Sean Dyche, who replaced Howe at Turf Moor in October 2012, was delighted with this latest victory and pointed to the contribution of the two substitutes, Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes, who came on ten minutes into the second half.
“I was super pleased with our substitutions,” he said. “I don’t often try to take credit but I thought Andre and Ashley had a massive effect when they came on. I’m learning too, don’t forget. Often it’s a case of you waiting for something to happen to make a substitution, but today I was pro-active in making something happen, so I’m pleased with my staff’s input because it clearly had an effect on that game and we created three or four really good chances after that.”
Dyche continued: “I was pleased overall. We wanted to start bright, although I’m not talking about coaching a goal of that standard. Jeff’s strike deserves to be shown all weekend and Boydy’s is a great hit too. He’s come off the wrong side to make his run and Andre’s clever flick sets him up for a fine finish.
“We’ve never tried to bluff anyone about what we are. We work from our framework and mix the play when we need to, but I thought there was a good mixture today. We thought it was important to get the ball forward, because of their result against Liverpool. They came here shoulders back, but a fine goal and a set piece goal got us going and then the game changed. They almost gained a freedom and thought what do we have to lose. They shifted it quickly and Eddie has a good side there, they showed that.
“There was some extra time found from somewhere at the end of the first half that allowed them to score and that changed the half time feel again, but we’ve found a way of scoring at home, no matter what shape we play and that’s an important fact, especially today against a side that has matured from staying in the Premier League last season.
“They look a little bit more clear minded than us and we are still gaining that knowledge, but that’s the journey we are on and now we have to find that away from home.”Share this page :