The last two games have been a brilliant reward
Last season we became the first team to take a point from Manchester United after the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and last night the Manchester United boss was having to talk about their second home defeat of the season after our 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “In the first half, I felt that with a bit of quality and luck, we could have scored the first goal. If you don’t get the first goal against Burnley, you know you’re in for a tough night because they can defend really well in the box. When they got the second goal, I think that is when all the air went out of the balloon.”
“It’s important that we do in difficult times. We’re all disappointed. The players are disappointed, the club’s disappointed, but what else can we do than come in tomorrow and know that we’re wearing a Man United shirt and work to improve again?
“The boys are giving everything they’ve got. They are experiencing this period for the first time in their lives, some of them, and it’s very difficult for them. The expectations of this club as well are high and some of them have played 10, 12, 15 games and it’s not easy for them.
“So, of course, I’m going to back them. I’m going to be here to help them get through this, because when you’re at Man United there’s always going to be criticism and we hold our hands up now. We can’t do anything but hold our hands up and say this isn’t good enough for this club.
“So many times we feel that we can claw that points tally back and it doesn’t happen. Then again, we’re still fifth and we’ve just got to continue. There are loads of games left and we’re going to do everything we can to get as many points as possible.
“We’re looking to improve, yeah, definitely. We know as well we’ve got our targets and days like this highlight more how well some of them have done so far in the season. Some of the results and performances we’ve had have been fantastic. Today, that’s the second defeat at home, the first since August, and I’d thought we’d turned that corner winning games like this, but we haven’t clearly and we will keep chipping away.”
“I’m just so pleased for the players because they have to stay resilient through those tough times and ups and downs,” Dyche said. “The last two games have been a brilliant reward for staying true to what we believe in.
“There is a lot of noise about Manchester United, but they’d only lost one here all season, so they are still a fine side. We came here with a thought that we could affect the game. We knew we would have to be resilient because they are always going to create chances but Charlie Taylor got a big block in the first half and things like that count on nights like these. They couldn’t get their noses in front, and we did. It’s a great finish from Woody from a good set piece and then the second goal is just fantastic. To find a pocket of play like that and finish like that is superb and that’s probably just cemented Jay’s legendary status at the club. It was worthy of winning any game, that’s for sure.
“I actually put a bit on the players at half time because I was like ‘don’t wait for the game. I know you are at Old Trafford, but we have to take the game on’ and I thought we did, and then we found that moment. and what a moment it was for Jay.”
Dyche, like so many of us could remember what happened here in each of the last two seasons. “I’ve been here before and we’ve had two goal leads here before, but it’s just brilliant for the fans,” said the delighted Burnley manager.
“We’ve had a lot of noise and questions surrounding us, and that’s down to expectation. That’s fine because we want that expectation, but to bounce out of that important win against Leicester with another really good performance is testament to the players’ character.
“That’s two wins against top six teams, and to show that mentality shows how strong this group are. They stay together as a group and I’m very proud of that. It’s unlikely we are going to go through a Premier League without having a few bumps. but if you put the recent results into an eight game run, that’s 12 points and you can suddenly say ‘well that’s a good run.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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