We looked really strong
Burnley came out on top against Sheffield United leaving visiting manager Chris Wilder and his team still looking for their first win of the season.
Speaking after the game, it was suggested to Wilder that they contributed a lot to the game. “Not enough ultimately to get a result,” he said. “They are an experienced side. I said before I know how tough it is working at this level just in the year and a half that I personally have had and we have had as a football club and I said all along three years out of 25 is not a great amount of time in the Premier League.”
“It’s a struggle for us at the moment. I think we were a little bit naive. Plenty of the ball, especially in the second half, but they will say that they’ve done enough to win a tight game. They got their noses in front, made it difficult for us and we didn’t do enough with the ball, with the final pass, quality, a bit of vision that opens it up. We got into some great positions yet again.
“Midway through the first half I thought we got a foothold in the game. They started better than us and Aaron’s made a couple of great saves. And we concede from a great bit of quality from the delivery and someone has the desire to go and head the ball in and we are 1-0 down.
“Then we chase it and they sit in their shape, they make it difficult for you and obviously we didn’t do enough to break that down. They did what they needed to do to see the game out. A big three points for them and another defeat for us.”
Again it was another one goal defeat and Wilder added: “Eleven of the fourteen games have been decided by the odd goal. There’s no capitulation, there’s no white flag up, you’ve seen the second half where we are desperately trying to get an equaliser. It is difficult, they’ve got experience, they’ve got some real men in the side.
“From our point of view, it was a perfect storm last year. We took big moments. kept clean sheets, didn’t have any serious injuries and to be fair it’s been the total opposite this year. Stuff that we can’t control has gone against us but certainly I keep saying that the big moments that build confidence and belief we’ve certainly not taken in the majority of these games, obviously resulting in the position that we are in.”
“I don’t think we were as good as we were on Sunday, particularly in the second half, but our defensive shape and the ability to work hard without the ball has seen us through a tough game. That being said, we created two golden chances early in the game. It’s not easy to score goals, but if you do put those away, the game could have panned out differently.
“We didn’t take them but then we scored from a set-piece. It was a great ball in and a great finish. We believe in the set-piece work we do. We simplify it for the players and really put the onus on them to attack the ball. It’s a fantastic header and a great ball in.”
He added: “The way the team works and the attitude towards the work that’s needed to see a game through I thought was outstanding because they are a good side. They are still working extremely hard and talk about a team that are fighting, they are fighting, without a doubt, so a lot of credit goes to them in the second half because they put us under pressure.
“Our two midfielders worked so hard for the team. I’ve just said in front of the players when you’ve got two people giving that much for the team it’s always a massive benefit and, defensively, we looked really strong, throughout the organisation of the team. I’m pleased on that side of things.”
With Charlie Taylor becoming the latest player to suffer an injury, Dyche said: “We are stretched again. We can only hope these injuries stop coming and we can get everyone fully fit.”Share this page :