Look how we are beginning to grow again
Burnley’s win at Huddersfield means an eighth successive Premier League defeat for the Terriers and their manager David Wagner who felt the red card for Christopher Schindler, which came soon after Chris Wood had equalised, was a turning point.
“They fought to the final whistle and they tried everything,” Wagner said. “With one man less for 45 minutes, it’s very difficult.”
They’d gone in front with a first goal of the season for striker Steve Mounié and Wagner added: “I’m happy that Steve scored the striker goal that everyone was waiting for. Hopefully we can take this now and move forward. We have to accept the result, Everybody gave everything, and the commitment was there.
“This is what I expect, win lose or draw. We have to stick together and fight, and this is what the players have done; it’s this commitment what you need, and we need to put this result to bed.
“It’s eight defeats in a row, six by one goal. This is the truth, but we have our own schedule in our head and we know what we need to do. We look forward to the next game. As long as everybody gives everything, they deserve the support. If the support isn’t there, we don’t have a chance, and if it is, we have a chance. We believe.”
Sean Dyche was obviously the happier of the two managers. He said after the game: “After five games we had one point, so there has been hard work done and look how we are beginning to grow again. There’s more to be done, but the response has been fantastic. Back to back wins, home and away and coming from behind to win. I can’t ask any more of the players than that.
“I’m really pleased because this was an awkward game,” he added. “We were probably favourites on the back of a good result, but we know it’s no easy task to win back-to-back games in the Premier League. Early on, after they scored, I thought we stayed really calm and there was a big belief in the group. We scored a worthy goal and at that stage we were playing well. They then got their red card, but even in the second half I thought we stayed calm and kept probing.
“The fans stayed behind us and they’ve been brilliant, by the way, because they can get anxious and want us to get it forward, but we kept shifting them around to open them up and it worked out. Really, I thought we saw the game out well and coming from behind to win a game is another big plus. For a long time we didn’t do that, so that’s another psychological marker.”
With both teams ending the game with ten men following the dismissals of Christopher Schindler for two yellow cards followed by a straight red for Robbie Brady right at the end, the two managers were asked their views. Neither had any complaints.
Wagner admitted that the referee got the two yellow cards correct for his player and Dyche said of the Brady dismissal: “It’s a loose challenge, no doubt; not a nasty one, Robbie’s not like that. It’s just loose and the referee has no choice.
“That is one of them, the only blot on it. We’ve been struggling to get numbers back, and we’re just getting some back, including him, and then we get him banned. That’s the way it goes. Saturday was another chance to play, and he would have played, definitely, but what’s done is done.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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