We looked like a real threat
Burnley gained a first win against Brighton since Graham Potter became their first manager and he was quick to admit that we were the better side in our 3-0 win.
Having seen us team suffer just a sixth Premier League defeat of the season, Potter said: “It was a disappointing result and performance and when the team is that off it as we were I have to take full responsibility. Burnley thoroughly deserved to win.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Burnley. We were on the back foot from the start and conceded a good goal. We then got a bit of a foothold but conceded a second which takes that away from us. The life is sucked out of us at 3-0, but we kept going. We will learn from it but we know we have to do better.”
It was very much a different viewpoint from Sean Dyche who saw us win away from home for the first time since the 2-0 victory at Fulham in the penultimate away game of last season. “We scored goals, we created chances and I thought we were excellent,” he said.
“They were three fantastic finishes and I think that has been the difference all season. There hasn’t been much wrong with our defensive shape, or the way that we have worked from front to back, not just the back four and the keeper.
“The energy and the performances have been good, but you have to score goals. We looked like a real threat. Wout has come in and done fantastic for us but other players look a threat. Maxwel looked a threat and Aaron, who has played 401 Premier League games, it is fantastic to see him scoring goals and enjoying his football.
Things have really picked up recently, in general, starting with the draw at Arsenal and Dyche added: “It’s really pleasing. I think we’ve performed well over the last five games. Since the Arsenal game, there’s been a real shift in mentality. We’ve not been far away, we’ve never been far away, but we’ve been very good against some top sides.
“We had a tough run of games on paper. It doesn’t sound a lot but if you pull out six points from that, generally in a normal season you would be happy with that, but obviously we want more points than that. The players deserve a lot of credit for sticking at it. They are staying very steadfast and delivering some very good performances and they were excellent.”
The first of our goals was scored by Wout Weghorst, our only January signing and the manager has been as impressed with him as the supporters. “I’ve seen how he’s been in training and what he has offered us already, his work ethic, he is constantly a threat and his willingness to work for the team,” Dyche said of him.
“He is a breath of fresh air, he’s a top pro without a shadow of a doubt. He is adapting to the challenge of being a Burnley player and he is a credit to himself so far with his mentality.”
Speaking about some of his other players, he added: “Aaron is still putting a shift in for the side. He’s a great pro and what a finish. I thought that Josh Brownhill was excellent against Liverpool and today. Jack Cork has come in and looks way more like himself. I think he’s a very good player, a very experienced player. Collo has done well when he’s come in and there were a lot of good performances, Ben Mee as well.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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