I thought it was a thorough performance
Burnley came out on top against Sunderland for a second time at Turf Moor this season with David Moyes’ side losing the game 2-0.
Moyes, who saw his side lose here just 18 days earlier in the Premier League, said after this latest defeat for the Wearside team: “I’m really disappointed because we are threadbare at the moment.
“We’ve gone again with a team that we were hoping to win with but we have found it difficult against Burnley in all our games. There were some positives, George (Honeyman) played well for us tonight and we played with three at the back to see if we could stop Burnley bullying us a little bit defensively.
“It worked for parts of the game and we did ok but we gave away a poor goal. We were still in the game but the second one was just as bad and that seems to be the nature of us at the moment.
“George played well, though. He trains with the first team every day and he is around the first team all the time. He is at an age where he can come in and handle it and I thought George was a plus for us tonight.”
Sean Dyche made seven changes from the team that had beaten Southampton last Saturday, but his selection came up trumps and he was delighted with the players who came in.
“I have spoken many times about the power of the group that aren’t playing every week, because they’re often the strength of the group,” he said after goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray had seen us through to the fourth round.
“They are terrific here. They are outstanding the way they train and the way they go about it. I think we, as a staff and myself as a manager, treat them very well and I think they respond to that.
“You saw they are ready. They know how the team works. They know how they operate and I was ever so pleased with that. If you didn’t know those players so much but you had seen our current first eleven play, those who have the shirts at the moment, you wouldn’t have known that wasn’t the Burnley side. You would have said that’s a Burnley side going about their business as the other team do, some of the people who have been playing regularly.
“That’s a sign of good continuity throughout the club. People know their jobs, they know their roles, they know the expectation of them as an individual and playing as a team and I was really pleased with that.”
Dyche added: “I thought it was a thorough performance. We made some changes but I thought the team played well at Sunderland and I thought they played very well tonight and overall deserved the win.
“I was really pleased with the team in both ways. There’s only three things that can happen in a game, they’ve got the ball, you’ve got it and then the bit when no one’s got it, and we did all of that well.
“When they had it I thought our shape was good, our pressing was good. When we had it we delivered a good mixed game like we like to. We knew when to play longer for the second goal and it was great football for the first goal.
“The bi in between, you’ve got to glue it together with the hard work ethic and I thought that was on sow, so I was very pleased overall.”
He had a final word for those who came to the game. “It’s fantastic when you get 12,000 odd. I must give the club credit tonight with the pricing. I think that was important and to get so many people here tonight, I’m pleased for them. They’ve seen another good Burnley side win a game so I’m really pleased for them as well.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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