I just felt it needed that little bit more
Arsenal took the points today with a 1-0 win against us and their manager Mikel Arteta was quick to praise the travelling Gooners who filled the away section of the cricket field stand.
“I’d just like to show them gratitude,” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website. “To come all the way here and support the team like they did, I think the players wanted to show again their appreciation. They were fantastic. They have been fantastic and we need them. We need them alongside the team because they are a big part of our team.”
Speaking about the game, he added: “It was a hard-fought win, like it should be when you play Burnley away. I think we started the game really well. We played some fantastic passes and you could see a lot of the things that we want.
“We could not really take our back line higher, we started to defend a little bit deeper to give away regains really quickly and that’s important because we had acres of space to run and finish the action.
“But I must say, the spirit of the team, the commitment of every single player, to block shots, to stop crosses, to defend the box, to track back, it was phenomenal.”
Sean Dyche appreciated that his Burnley team, still looking for a first win of the season, picked up in the second half and said: “I thought the play was very good in the second half, but, inevitably, we’ve got to turn those performances into wins.
“I’m pleased with how they’ve reacted and the way they’ve taken on the second half. There’s more to come from these players I feel.
“It was a pretty sedate first half from both sides I thought, it had that kind of standoff feel to it. They’re having a tough start to the season, we ourselves are so there was that kind of edginess. There was nothing too clinical either way and unfortunately they found a way to take the lead. There was nothing in the game, I didn’t think.”
Things definitely changed with the introduction of debutant Maxwel Cornet and Matěj Vydra when they were introduced just before the hour. Dyche said: “Maxwel needs time, he’s adapting to coming over here so needs time. Matěj has come back late so he’s trying to get back up to that real fitness, true fitness, but he came on and affected the game.
“So I was pleased with those two and then Jay’s little spell at the end of the game, just to try and change the feel.
“But we weren’t a million miles away at the beginning of the second half, I just felt it needed that little bit more.”
He said of new recruit Cornet: “He seems to be getting involved with the group. I think the timings weren’t right against Everton, but I felt it was today. He did very well with the ball, he’s got to learn outside of that when we haven’t got the ball, just them little nuances of the Premier League and how quickly teams can transition, but we brought him in because he’s a good player. I’m sure he will continue to adapt to the challenge of the Premier League.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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