The resilience, character and energy is back in the side
Burnley beat Fulham 2-1 at Turf Moor today with us coming from behind to win it with two own goals in three minutes midway through the first half and visiting boss Claudio Ranieri thought his side deserved something from the game.
When asked if they should have had at least a point, he said: “Good question.” He then said: “We scored very, very early, a great goal and suddenly they scored twice with two own goals. This period is very strange.
“Second half we played much better. We moved the ball quickly, found good solutions on the flanks for crosses, but we shot at goal only twice or three times, and one they saved on the line. I think that episode changed the music.”
Much will be said about us not getting a shot on target. Ranieri said: “I know, but what can we do? They shoot at goal. They don’t find the goal but touched my players and that’s it. There are good moments and bad moments. For us this is a bad moment but we never give up. We continue to believe that in the end we will be safe.”
Sean Dyche started by praising Jeff Hendrick who stepped in on the right hand side of the midfield due to the injury situation. “I thought Jeff put a sterling shift in today,” he said. “We ask a lot of Jeff and some people question him, but he plays all over the place and continues to play hard and do a great job for us. I hope they give him the (first) goal because it was on target.”
He added: “They were very tough conditions for both teams and it was a very tough win, for many reasons. I didn’t think we played as well today as we did in the previous two wins, but the mentality to come back from a goal down for the second game in a row was terrific and I thought we grew into the game and ended up being the more progressive side. We got a scratch of luck, but I’m not going to cry that one in because I don’t think we’ve had our share this season.
“And towards the end James does what we maybe weren’t doing enough of at the start of the season, by making an absolutely fantastic block to make sure we go and win the game. That’s as good a goal for me.
“They threw caution to the wind in the second half and why wouldn’t you? They haven’t won away all season and they are trying to get a foothold in an important game, so they went very expansive, but I don’t remember them opening us up too many times. The resilience, character and energy is back in the side and we are doing all the details better.
“Earlier in the season we were conceding a lot of soft goals. We have to continue, of course, but what it does is provide a mental shift. It’s not easy to get nine points out of nine and the players deserve a lot of credit. Three wins in the Premier League is very difficult and so is coming back from a goal down to win. There’s a long way to go but there’s good signs.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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