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David Moyes, as he’d done last time he faced Burnley, saw his side beaten at the London Stadium, this time by one goal with Jay Rodriguez scoring the only goal of the game.

Moyes was frustrated that his team failed to score during the game and is now looking for them to start scoring in the final four games of the season. “You hope that’s what your players, your strikers, are there to do,” he said.

“We had clear, good opportunities if you’re a striker, so you’re hoping that they bury them. Today wasn’t their day, but I hope that those days are to come soon, because we’ll need to win some more games.

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“I was more frustrated by the game because we didn’t take chances, but also a bit disappointed that we didn’t keep a clean sheet. I was disappointed with the goal. We didn’t do particularly well in the middle of the park, they got it wide and we didn’t defend the cross awfully well either. There were a lot of positives in what we did going forward, but we couldn’t score which was the big thing and we needed to score today.”

He added: “We made lots and lots of opportunities but I have to give Burnley incredible credit for the way they defender. The amount of times they blocked it or their goalkeeper made a save, and whenever we looked as if we were going to score, they got back to get us. They did a really good job at it, as we know that’s what Sean Dyche’s teams at Burnley do.”

Looking at the situation at the bottom of the table, Moyes said: “At the moment, I don’t think any of the teams at the bottom have got as many points as they’d have liked. That could change at any minute, so all we can do is try and do our work.

“I’ve got to say the players gave an awful lot today for no reward, but hopefully they’ll get themselves rewarded in the coming games.”

It’s another win for Sean Dyche and Burnley and the delighted manager said after this latest victory: “I thought the players put everything into the game again, as they do. We started very brightly and if I’m being greedy we had a good couple of chances and could have had more than the one by half time.

“In the second half they had a bit more of the play and found some big moments, but we defended resolutely and we had a keeper in fine form as well, so there’s a good balance. A few people mentioned to me tonight that Nick is unorthodox, but do you know the best bit? He keeps the ball out of the net. There’s no perfect way of doing that, but he finds a way, backed by a team in front of him who are committed and give their all. We ask a lot of our players and if all that fails, we have a top goalkeeper who wants to keep it out of the net.”

He spoke about his team and how much they had given. “James Tarkowski continues to mature and grow as a player and his leadership continues to flourish, and alongside him Kevin Long doesn’t always get his chances, but I’ll tell you whenever he comes in, he delivers. He was struggling with his stomach as well, so I gave him the good advice to just get on with it, and that worked.

“At the end of the day you are asking a group that is a bit stretched to show that mentality towards performances and they have been absolutely outstanding. Some groups can make excuses, but we’ve always insisted on there being no excuses. This is the challenge in front of us and in my group you have to be committed to the cause and give everything. You have to have a teamship and some of the core values we put into these players are just as fashionable as they ever have been, in my opinion.

“You need tactics, of course, along with organisation and individual technique , but it has to have a heartbeat and a glue that holds it all together and we have that in abundance here.”

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