The idea is to get more consistency
Burnley travel to Brentford tomorrow for just a second game against Thomas Frank who was the first manager to lose against us this season when we beat them 3-1 at home.
Brentford ended a disappointing run of results with a 3-1 win themselves last week at Norwich and looking ahead, Frank said: “Back-to-back wins would be very nice. It is very difficult to get that in the Premier League; that is our aim.
“That little extra energy and confidence that win gives to the players is extremely important. With that confidence, your actions on the pitch are a little bit more decisive and you do things a little bit quicker. You are a little bit more in the moment. Hopefully we can put in another good performance.
“We are not far away. Hopefully we can produce a big performance tomorrow and get a home win. I think we were close against Crystal Palace, and we all know what happened against Newcastle United. I am convinced that we will produce a good performance, then we need to see if it will be enough on the day.”
Turning his attention to the Clarets, he added: “Looking at Burnley’s strengths, we know they will play direct. We need to be very strong on the second ball and very strong defending set pieces. We need to defend our box very well.
“They produce the most crosses in the league, so we need to stop crosses and we need to get body contact when the crosses do come in. If we can nail that then we are quite far down the line to put a good performance in. Then it’s what we do on the ball. The quality in terms of the decision making, pass, set, cross, finish is key because they are really good at defending the box. We have a few bits that we like to focus on offensively that we hope will pay off.
“They are relatively consistent in what they do. I know they will go out pressing high, and I know they will be really good in their mid-block. When they play with that consistency and that style of play, it is very difficult to play against. This is going to be an unbelievably tight game between two teams who will give it all and then it’s going to be about which team gets the first goal.”
“They probably look at it as a mixed bag having started the season very well, but things have slowed down a bit for them now. A good win has calmed their situation down. They’re full of energy and effort and they’ve found a way that has affected the season to get to where they’ve got to.”
Despite losing two home games last week, performances and results have picked up recently. “In the last nine games, there have been lots of positives and performances and the players are aware of that going into Saturday.
“On any given day you find your way of playing, and it’s effective. The idea is to get more consistency and we’ve had a run of games recently where we have found more. We weren’t a million miles away in the last two and it is important to remind ourselves that we have played well.
“We know the difficulty of scoring and all teams do in the Premier League, but it’s difficult to keep clean sheets as well. We’ve shown over many seasons that we know how to defend properly in this division and defend to win games. Historically, we’ve been strong in the second half of the season on the defensive side of the game.”
He added: “It’s a different kind of game against Brentford. They’re making a strong showing of themselves this season and have come out of a tough period. There’s work to be done for them and for us.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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