With more performances like that it will change away from home
Burnley went down 2-1 at Spurs yesterday but the home side had to come back from behind to beat us to give Mauricio Pochettino’s team probably a more difficult afternoon than they envisaged.
He said after the game: “We knew that Burnley is a team that is very competitive. They ran a lot and then they fight for every single ball. We knew that and I thought our performance was very good. The way we conceded in the first half was very unlucky but we feel very pleased because the players always believe.
“It was a good performance because in the Premier League it is always hard to win and never easy but congratulations to the players because today was a big performance and a big fight to win the three points.”
Asked about going behind having already had ten shots at goal themselves, he added: “That is football and that is Premier League. It’s one of the best leagues in the world. You never have complete control of the game.
“We started well, created lots of chances but if you don’t scored sometimes you can then concede. We conceded but the most important thing is we came back, scored twice and maybe could have had more.”
Much has been about the Tottenham full backs. “We play in a system that finds the best for them,” Pochettino said. “We try to provide the tools for them to show their quality and we’re happy. In the last few games they are showing high quality. (Danny Rose) It was a brilliant goal and a very good performance. In the last few games he’s really showing his quality and I’m very happy, very pleased.”
Sean Dyche wasn’t very pleased and pointed to a foul by Moussa Sissoko which earned him a yellow card just a minute or so before he played a major part in Tottenham’s winner. He was, though, certainly more pleased with his team’s performance on the road.
“I think that was very cruel because I thought we were very good today,” he said. “A lot has been made of our away form, but I think you could see that there’s life in what we’re trying to achieve.
“We were up against a top side today and it’s unfortunate because I don’t want to keep harping on about referees’ decisions, but it’s a poor challenge from the lad Sissoko and he has to go off. He stays on and immediately sets up the winner, so obviously I am very frustrated on that score because we played some good stuff today and deserved something from the game.”
He added: “You can see they are a top side with quality everywhere but we do need the rub of the green and yet again it’s a big debate, especially from me, but if you look at my player’s reaction to a clear sending off, he gets up and gets on with it. if he does 14 rolls on the floor, the ref is under pressure. I don’t want my players to do that, but equally I don’t know how we are going to get these decisions.
“Players have to make challenges, but he has his hands across his face so it’s a blind, high challenge and quite simply a red card. He then sets up their goal, so I am bound to be disappointed for my players and the fans who travelled down here.”
With just one point on the road from eight games, Dyche said: “We are a work in progress, but there have been strides forward in the past couple of away games. We deserved something at West Ham and here, remembering who we are playing against.
“We played some good stuff, particularly in the first half, so we are moving forwards. I know it sometimes doesn’t seem it but we have some good points on the board and, with more performances like that it will change away from home, I’m sure of that.
“We are getting more productive and we are just taking a few knocks at the moment in terms of decisions. We can only hope that our honesty doesn’t cost us.”Share this page :