We have plenty of experience of the ups and downs
Every time we go to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League game it seems we are coming up against a different manager. It was new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti back in 2009/10 while Jose Mourinho, now at Spurs, was there in the 2014/15 season, the day he made a complete fool of himself quoting various minutes within the game.
Since winning promotion in 2016 we’ve played against Chelsea sides managed by Antonio Conte (who we came up against twice), Maurizio Sarri and now Frank Lampard, their first English manager since Glenn Hoddle left to take over England in 1996.
“We’ve created fifty chances in three games and scored no goals so if that is the case and you’re playing in the Premier League and you let teams stay in the game then they will have quality to hurt you.
“We need to take our chances in home games and I need to be pretty firm about that because it’s easy to say we’re unlucky or the ball hasn’t dropped for us but we have to get that right. We work on that in training but there’s an element of it that is instinct and we need to find that killer instinct in front of goal because, in terms play, we’re controlling big parts of games but we’re allowing teams to stay in them. We get into the final third a lot, as much as any team in the country barring Liverpool, but we’re not converting chances at home.”
It’s a tough one for the Clarets on the back of three successive league defeats and Sean Dyche said: “Looking back at the Christmas period we lost all three games, but there was only one, I think, where people would have been disappointed, and that’s Villa. If we’d beaten them, I think people would say we’ve had a good Christmas, sat on 27 points and through to the fourth round of the cup. One game can mean everything. The other two games over Christmas; I think most might think we could nick a draw or better because Everton had a new manager and United are still United.
“Going forwards, we do have a tough run of games, but you do have to play them all. There are tranches of games which are very tough and we are in that now. We’ve just had Everton and Manchester United, now we have the next run coming up with Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Man U again. Then we go on a different run to the end of the season where we only play three of the big teams, so you can look at it any way you like.
“No games are easy, but statistically there are a group of teams that you are more likely to get results from, and that’s why the story from Burnley Football Club’s point of view is over a season.
“Patches within a season are for all the opinion and conjecture, the media and everything else. The reality is where you are at the end of the season and that’s what we work towards, and not getting too bogged down with the ups and downs along the way. You want good results, of course, and you definitely want good performances.
“We have plenty of experience of the ups and downs. We look to use that wisely, but we have reflected on things and we are still in really good shape in comparison to last season. That’s given us a base to work from, and now we have to continue to take it forward and get more points on the board.”
We could be without a number of players tomorrow through injury and illness but Dyche added: “It all adds to the story of a season. We were very, very unlucky last season and this one we’ve just had spells of unfortunate injuries.
“If you have them over a season and they are spread out, it doesn’t affect you as much, but when they come in chunks, with four or five players down for a few weeks at a time, then it becomes more difficult. It’s frustrating, but it is what it is, and we’ll get on with it. We’ve got a competitive squad. I’ve said that all along, and we think we’ve got players who we believe can go into the team, re-mould it and be productive.”Share this page :