We will be working hard to earn something from the game
Burnley travel to Manchester City to kick off the second half of the season where, incredibly, manager Pep Guardiola has been coming in for some criticism with their defeat at Liverpool on New Year’s Eve ultimately costing them a place in the top four.
They lost 1-0 to a goal in just the eighth minute of the game, but he has said he’s not overly concerned with the way his team starts games. “I’m not overly concerned about the chances we concede because in the last few games there have been very few,” he said.
“Against Watford and Arsenal there were hardly any chances for the opposition, at Hull there were a few more but against Liverpool only one. I’d be more concerned if we were starting badly and conceding goals, but we have been starting really well, creating opportunities, are aggressive and winning the second ball so I don’t see any major issues. But obviously if we concede an early goal it makes it that much more complicated.”
Asked about the current situation in the league, he said: “We are not thinking too far ahead. Our focus now is Burnley and then we go to the London Stadium to face West Ham in the FA Cup. We’re not thinking beyond these games.”
It’s been well documented how we get most of our points in home games, so far 22 of the 23 we’ve won, but as we go into the second half of the season it is something that Sean Dyche wants to see change. “Everyone has documented our away form, although more our away results because the last two or three away I think we’ve delivered a decent performance.
“It’s a massive challenge of course, going to clubs like Manchester City, but in those last two or three games I’ve been pretty pleased with the performance and I think it’s shown good signs of building an away style performance that can work. Can we do it at Man City? We’ll see; it’s a tough challenge, obviously. Make no mistake though, there’s no bluff and blag about these things. We will be working hard to earn something from the game.
“For us it’s about concentrating on a performance. I thought we did that very well at home and pushed City close to getting something from the game and arguably deserving something. It’s a different proposition, of course, going away, but that’s the challenge and we’ll take it on.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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