Teams don’t just roll up here and roll out the red carpet
Burnley were held at home today for the first time since Ipswich drew 0-0 in the first match of 2016. Wolves drew with a late goal but manager Kenny Jackett felt it was a point they deserved.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I felt we played our part in a very good game. We rode the storm in the first twenty minutes because the atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic and Burnley started at a really good pace.
“We grew as the game went on and were perhaps unfortunate to go 1-0 down but they have that quality in their front players to get goals even when they are not creating many chances. Vokes and Gray are possibly the best front two in the division and they are able to come up with a finish and that is one of the big reasons why they are where they are. Our two centre backs did very well and stood up to the physical challenge very well.
“We had a chance with Saville down the one end and then a few seconds later they score down the other. For us though, we more than held our own today and deserved to come away with a draw. We kept going after they scored and we didn’t buckle.
“It was a quality cross in from Nathan Byrne for the corner and a quality header from Danny Batth, and I felt we more than deserved that point from the chances that we had. ”
Sean Dyche admitted: “It was a good point and a close affair in the end against a team who came here with a resilient game plan. We had to try and work out different ways of trying to break them down, which we did, and then just got caught at the end with a set piece, which can happen.
“Teams don’t just roll up here and roll out the red carpet and say ‘go on then, you beat us’. They come here to work and get results and we need to make sure we are ready for that.
“The defensive unit was strong again today and the midfield unit worked well. It’s only one or two details in the game, like a few loose passes when we could have maintained the ball better and been more progressive with it, but it’s a long season and it’s difficult to be on top of your game all the time.”
I suspected he might have words about the crowd today and he said; “I asked for patience from the crowd and it was a strange one today, because I think we can get more from them. There were a few question marks over players when a pass goes astray and a little bit of angst sets in. That’s strange to me with what’s happening here and how we are doing and that patience is important.
“I mentioned it in the programme before the game and there has to be that patience because it’s support that we need. These are a very important eight games for different reasons and we need to bring that positivity into the stadium constantly. The team do it, and have for a long time now, and sometimes the crowd have to get involved on behalf of the team and we need that going forward because it’s a great weapon.
“We have had an amazing run of results and we are still looking strong. We gave everything to win a game today and it didn’t quite work for us, but it’s another point on the board and we believe in what we are doing.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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