We’re definitely going in the right direction
Today’s home game against Crystal Palace ended in a 3-3 draw and a ninety minutes that offered enough positives for the two managers.
Patrick Vieira saw his team lead 1-0 and 3-2 but immediately pointed to Vicente Guaita’s save at the end that denied Matěj Vydra a goal and Burnley a win.
He added: “We played well and created a lot of chances. I think when you come back from 2-1 down and go ahead 3-2, it was good for us. We are a little bit disappointed with how we managed the game, but at the same time it shows how the team needs to grow.
“It’s about how we concede and give away those set pieces. When you come to Burnley you expect to suffer in the air, and you have to deal with it. At times we did it well. We need to improve that aspect of the game, in the modern game set pieces are so important and we will need to spend more time in training to deal with their set pieces.”
Sean Dyche was pleased with what he considered another good performance from us. “I’ve said this since the beginning of the season, I’ve actually been pleased with the consistency of the performance levels,” he said.
“We are finding a better mixture and better balance. Some of the play was good today. We want to play effectively, and everyone knows that. I’m generally happy with the performance levels, but never naïve enough to know that the league table has to change, and we can change it.”
Once again the name Maxwel Cornet is on everyone’s lips after his goal, our third, won us a point. “I’ve seen it back and it’s a lovely strike,” Dyche said. “He watches the ball so well right the way onto his feet. He’s not looking at where it might go, he’s watched it onto his foot, struck it superbly well and it’s a fantastic goal.
“We’re enjoying what he’s doing, and he’s still getting towards true Premier League fitness. He’s brought energy and quality too, and his finish was a fine strike.”
Dyche concluded: “First half we didn’t start well. We were on the back foot, not front foot. But then we corrected that and I was pleased with some of the first half. The second half was a different story. We pressed them, got a lot higher up the pitch in our performance and the way we operated, and I was pleased with that.
“You could get disappointed after going down 3-2 at half time, but we came out second half, scored a fantastic goal, had a couple of chances and good moments but their keeper made some fine saves.
“We’re definitely going in the right direction the way we’re going about our business.”
He was asked by the BBC about the incident when many people inside Turf Moor thought Palace’s Joachim Andersen should have been sent off for holding back Chris Wood when the striker was clear on goal.
“It’s bizarre,” he said. “We know that football’s now trying to get back to what we want which is a bit less of soft fouls. There were loads today. It’s a strange one because this season they have been letting things go more but that one’s a farce for me, that’s two hands around the centre forward who is running on goal. That has to be dealt with and it wasn’t dealt with.
“The other one is James Tarkowski who got booked for actually trying to stop trouble. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve seen it back. He’s actually trying to stop Zaha getting into trouble with Matt Lowton and somehow Tarky gets booked in that moment.”Share this page :