There was a lot of huff and puff from ourselves
Burnley earned a point at Newcastle from a 0-0 draw and that was much down to a very good defensive performance from the Clarets which is something the two managers were able to agreed on.
Home boss Steve Bruce was asked if he thought the result had brought his team a useful point against an in form side or had it been a missed opportunity. He said: “A bit of both, but Burnley have been on a very good run.
“They are difficult to play against as everybody knows and everybody talks about and that’s the beauty of the Premier League. They cause a different kind of threat, but considering we changed the formation and changed the system and made a few changes, I have to say I was very, very pleased with a lot of aspects of it.
“Of course, we haven’t managed to score a goal but we’ve created more and had more attempts and more possession so it bears food for thought.”
“There was one at the death in the last thirty seconds,” he said. “Maybe for Matty (Ritchie) but the defender’s got a block but I have to say they defended well and when they got the two corners in the last minute you are thinking here we go because it’s a big, big threat they cause you.
“I’m pleased that we’ve took something out of it. When you look at 21 attempts, I don’t think we’ve been able to achieve that before. Of course our Achilles heel, even with those half chances, is no goal. The one that fell to Dwight (Gayle) in the first half, you are shouting goal but unfortunately the defender got a wonderful block on it and that was the story of the afternoon.”
Sean Dyche was disappointed we couldn’t get a first win on Tyneside since April 1976 and said after the game: “We have come on the road to this football club, where Newcastle have only lost three times all season, and we’ve got a clean sheet and a point and I’m still a bit disappointed. That’s a marker to where we are now.
“Four wins and two draws is not an easy run to put together in the Premier League, but we are often better than people think. We are on 38 points and I’m always hungry for more. I have to remain balanced because we are still a work in progress and there are no statements of grandeur.
“I just feel a little bit deflated because we came here in good spirits and looked a bit flat. I’m sure tomorrow morning, when I wake up, I’ll be a lot more pleased than I am now, but I do expect a lot of these players and they should too because they are maturing all the while and earning the right to be in the Premier League.
“I’m probably being hyper critical of the players because they have put a lot of points on the board recently, but you do get greedy and more expectant of performance levels. I think with what we had achieved in the last five games, coming into this one, I was expecting more confidence with the ball. However, we did all the hard yards to ensure we got a clean sheet and a point.”
Dyche added: “There was a lot of huff and puff from ourselves and I thought we were below par offensively, but defensively very strong. I think that’s eleven clean sheets now, which is the best in the league, so that side of it is very pleasing. We just never got into the feel of the game, or even found enough quality to go and open the game up in our favour.
“I thought in the first half there was a nervousness in the stadium and I said to the players, they are the moments where we can grow. In the second half, credit to them because they got the ball forwards more and asked more questions, but our defensive diligence was very good and snuffed out most of the problems they caused.”Share this page :