We wanted to be in the cup and we wanted to win
Burnley went out of the League Cup last night on a penalty shoot out leaving visiting boss Thomas Christiansen a happy man after his side recovered from last Saturday’s defeat at Millwall.
“It was about seeing a response,” he said. “I made changes and the response was perfect. It says a lot about my squad, that I have a lot of players to choose. This gives me more headaches.
“It was a tough and long game but we came here with the intention to pass to the next round. There was too much drama in the last 13 minutes but that’s football. Anything can happen. This was one of those days.”
Sean Dyche felt, overall, there was little wrong with our performance, other than not making the most of the opportunities that could have seen us win the game.
“You’ve got to find that final moment, that final pass, that final finish, even, and we were just short with that. The rest of it, I was quite pleased with a lot of the aspects of the performance.
“During the 90 minutes, apart from the goals, I was very pleased. We dominated a lot of the game and created more than enough chances to finish the game but didn’t, of course. We got in some fantastic areas and some of the moments we were in a position where we should do better.
“I think it was their first shot on target to go 1-0. But I’m not knocking Leeds for that. They kept at it and that’s what you have to do. We’ve had to do it ourselves in the past. Then we respond, a definite penalty it looks like to me.
“They get a penalty, which I think is a real soft one. He does pull his shirt but the ball is seven feet above his head. It’s impossible that it’s impeded him from actually scoring a goal. And then we respond with an absolutely sublime finish from Robbie Brady.
“It goes into extra-time and it ends up a ding-dong, which it does, although we had chances in that and then it goes to penalties and we know that ends up a lottery.”
Burnley’s goals came from substitutes Chris Wood and Robbie Brady, both introduced 18 minutes from the end of normal time.
“I think Robbie’s come back really well this summer,” Dyche said of his January record signing. “He came back fit and looking really eager to do well and he’s started the season very brightly. Woody came on and gets another goal, which is a good habit, so there were some pleasing things, but ultimately you go out of a cup you want to be in.
“We made the intention clear to the players. We wanted to be in the cup and we wanted to win.”Share this page :