The main thing was the confidence and mentality
It was Burnley’s day in the FA Cup and for Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson it took the number of goals he’s conceded at Turf Moor as a manager to 14 in four games.
Today he watched his side concede three goals in the first quarter of the game before the Clarets ran out 4-2 winners.
“It was a terrible start, a really soft first goal,” he said. “The second goal, I don’t think it should be allowed and then when it goes to three I’m thinking this is going to be a long afternoon. But Ivan got us back into it, it’s give us all a bit of hope.
“Goals do change games and the momentum was with us leaning into half time. We’d one or two opportunities to get a second but we spoke at half time about that goal giving us a bit of belief because it was difficult for the players to go behind so early in a game like that in terms of especially on the back of three defeats.
“The players dug in, they kept going. I think there was some good play at times. We got into the positions we wanted to at times. I went with a diamond because I think that’s the way we want to play and I wanted to come here and do that and play the way we want to play for the rest of the season.”
Sean Dyche, like Ferguson, went into the game with his team having lost their previous three, but after this victory, he said: “Overall, it was a professional performance with really good detail in there. The biggest thing for me was the mentality and the underlying thing was the confidence in the performance.
“Of course, we made changes, and we’ve had a few knocks lately, but there was a really good feel about the players. When you make changes there is an element of uncertainty because we’ve had hardly any time to work with anything over this period.
“We’ve had to stick with what we do, because if you start changing with two or three days, it can be awkward. It’s not impossible, but we felt it was right to keep the profile of the team as we did today, and I was pleased with that because the players delivered. The main thing was the confidence and mentality of the performance. We were spot on with both and you felt that as soon as the whistle blew.”
Unfortunately there were more injuries, particularly to Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson who was withdrawn at half time. Dyche said: “Unfortunately, we are waiting on news of a hamstring with Jόhann. We felt it was almost the perfect progression, going from half the other day to a full ninety today, but that hasn’t happened and Jόhann has had to come off.
“Wood is a precaution with a tight hamstring and Barnesy we will find out more next week on his situation, so it’s not ideal. We thought we were getting everyone fit and in the last two weeks we’ve found people getting injured again.
“It’s a testing time for results, but equally with injuries. We’ve been through it before and we’ll have to go through it again.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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