The performance was important
It was a 1-1 draw tonight at Turf Moor between Burnley and Leicester and one that both managers were relatively pleased with.
A win for the visitors would have seen them move into second place in the Premier League and Rodgers said afterwards: “When you play Burnley over the course of the season, and take four points, with where we are with the squad, we are pleased.
“It was an awful start to the game, which tests your spirit, but we showed good moments in response and scored a very good goal. We started both halves not so well but we looked a real threat and we were unfortunate not to have won the game, hitting the post late on, but we take the point and move on.”
Having spoken about the equalising goal, he explained his reasons for substituting scorer Kelechi Iheanacho in the second half. “It was just tactical,” he said. “At the beginning of the second half we were starting to get exposed on the sides, and for that we needed to make the change to 4-3-3.” He said that he opted not to bring Jamie Vardy off because he said he would have taken a chance had one fallen to him.
Sean Dyche described it as a pleasing point. Having seen us lose 4-0 at Spurs three days earlier, he said: “I thought it was an excellent performance and reaction following a really tough day at Tottenham.
“You can get greedy, which I often do, and we certainly created enough chances tonight. They have an away record that’s right up there with Manchester City, so you have to be careful, but their keeper was excellent and we’ve come away with a pleasing point against a very good side.”
He was much happier with the performance, adding: “I thought throughout the game, particularly in the second half, we were on the front foot and it does paint a picture if their keeper was arguably man of the match. You have to defend well and I thought we did, but our approach play was much, much better today. The performance was important, and getting back to what we are about.”
Having gone in front with an early Matěj Vydra goal, Leicester drew level eleven minutes before half time but Dyche said of that: “It’s a poor goal and we come out of our slots too early, but the reaction to that at the start of the second half was really, really pleasing.
“The season and the challenges we are still having, through injuries, I ask a lot of these players, but we are still on a consistent level of points per game, obviously we’d have liked three tonight, but I still think that shows a lot of belief in where we are going.
“The injury situation is also beginning to soften, which is a good sign, and I thought Woody was excellent tonight, along with Vyds. There was a lot of good performances and I’m really pleased that we took the game on and tried to win it in the second half.”Share this page :