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Sean Dyche very honest here when asked about Burnley losing to Newcastle United

4 months ago
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Sean Dyce watched on as his team lost their first Premier League match in nine weeks.

The Burnley boss obviously disappointed but giving an honest opinion after the game.

He mentions missed chances, his team improving after the break, maybe a foul in the build up to the second goal.

However, Sean Dyche in his final analysis says: ‘…but they deserved to win, their performance was better than ours overall.’

Whilst Huddersfield looked very much a team who had picked up one point in 13 games, Burnley came to St James Park in brilliant form.

Five wins and three draws in their last eight PL games and having  just beat Tottenam on Saturday, whilst they should have also been the first side to beat Solskjaer’s Man Utd, leading 2-0 with three minutes to go but ending up drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford.

Goals win games of course and as Sean Dyche points out, Fabian Schar ‘scored a worldie to calm the game down’ and set Rafa’s side on their way.

Sean Dyche:

“We were a long way off, particularly first half, a bit better in the second half but first half a long way off.

“Sometimes that can happen and credit to Newcastle as well.

“They were better first half, they were sharper and their anticipation was better.

“We know the format and style they want to play and they delivered that better than we did.

“They scored a worldie to calm the game down and I thought it was a foul on Corky in the build up for the second.

“Yet we had a really good finish from Woody and the keeper makes a save and we had the chance of the game with Tarky [Tarkowski], who goes for the big finish and probably needs to be calmer, slot it, which isn’t always easy to do.

“We could have had it tighter at half time.

“In the second half I was pleased with the effect we had on the team, because there was a better energy and demand, without being great.

“We asked more questions, we caused a few more problems, got them on the back foot more.

“We were more like we have been playing, with more energy, so a mixed bag, but they deserved to win, their performance was better than ours overall.

“But I’m not going to start criticising a group who have been unbeaten in eight games and had some massive performances and big results.

“It’s probably a reminder that if you do come off just slightly, you don’t get anything.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Burnley 0

Goals:

Schar 24, Longstaff 38

Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%

Total shots were Burnley 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Burnley 2 Newcastle 3

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Corners were Burnley 7 Newcastle 4

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie,  Hayden, Longstaff (Diame 85), Almiron (Dummett 80), Perez (Joselu 87), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow,  Ki, Yedlin, Atsu

Crowd: 48,323 (Burnley 1,300)

(Match ratings for all NUFC players after the 2-0 win HERE)

(Must see video as Alan Shearer celebrates that Fabian Schar opening goal! Watch HERE)

(Instant reaction from NUFC fans/writers after the victory – read HERE)

(Read HERE Rafa’s amusing reaction when asked after the 2-0 win what he would say to Mike Ashley)

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