We have to maintain those levels
Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur fought out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor and not for the first time Jose Mourinho, having failed to secure a win against us, went on the offensive to ensure none of the blame was with him.
He blamed Ashley Barnes when we got a point at Chelsea five years ago while three seasons ago it was the officials for not giving his Manchester United team a non-existent penalty. Today, the vitriol went the way of one of his own players.
He hauled off record signing Tanguy Ndombele as he made two changes at half time which left the Frenchman open to getting all the blame for a first half in which Burnley had dominated and deservedly led.
“Of course I’m not speaking about Skipp. He is a kid of 19 who players two hours of football a few days ago. I am not critical with Skipp at all. I am not going to run away. I have to say Tanguy has had enough time to come to a different level. I know the Premier League is very difficult. I know that some players take a long time, but a player with his potential, his responsibility, he has to give us more. And especially when you see the way Lo Celso played, every minute I was expecting more in the first half.”
He added: “I’m pleased with the reaction (in the second half) but I think we had conditions to perform better in the first half. Generally, a very good game, of course it’s not the result we want and we showed that in the way we played until the last second, always trying to win, but we didn’t manage to score more than one goal.
“Burnley is a team that defends well and doesn’t concede many goals, but we arrived in many dangerous positions and didn’t manage to (score more goals) is hard for us. I’m pleased with the reaction, pleased with the attitude.”
Sean Dyche was clearly unhappy at the penalty we didn’t get, just a few minutes after Dele Alli had equalised from the spot. “The game has to be really careful which way it is going because you can’t not get a decision because you are trying to play the game correctly,” he said afterwards. “Today was a good example of that. Chris (Wood) tries to bring the ball down on his chest and turn into the box and their lad clearly comes through the back of him. It’s inside the box and how it’s not a penalty, I don’t know. Anywhere else on the pitch, that is given.
“Quite simply, if he throws himself on the floor and flails his arms out, he will give it. You can’t constantly be giving fouls when people are going down all over the place and then, when people are trying to do the right thing, giving nothing. That can’t be right.”
He was though, delighted with our performance. He said: “There are so many positives and overall, even though we only got a point, and deserved all three, I was very pleased with the performance. We put them on the back foot, affected them in different ways, both with pressing and longer play. We had crosses in the box galore and efforts on goal. It’s hard to do that throughout a whole match and we expected them to have a spell.
“I said to the lads at half time that Spurs would probably change their shape, and they came out with more vigour, to press and on the front foot. They got a grip of the game, but after 25 minutes again I felt we got strong again and responded well and had enough chances to win it. We didn’t just stay in it, we managed to grip it again. Towards the end we were still knocking on the door and had chances.
“The main thing is that it’s another point on the board and thirty nine at this stage is excellent. We only got 40 last year, and even though we are not factually secure, I think we have a good tally. If we keep putting in performances like that, we will certainly win more games, but we have to maintain those levels, because that’s what you have to do in this league.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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