English Premiership

We were outgunned, says Burnley's Dyche

2016-11-22 12:10
Sean Dyche (Getty Images)

London - Sean Dyche felt he was due a positive result at The Hawthorns but West Brom had other ideas as they thrashed Burnley 4-0 in their Premier League clash on Monday night.

Matt Phillips, James Morrison, Darren Fletcher and Salomon Rondon were all on target to condemn Dyche to yet another defeat at the ground where he is yet to win a match.

Speaking after the one-sided affair, the Clarets boss explained the extent of Burnley's misfortune at the hands of West Brom.

He said: "I'm not superstitious at all but I broke my leg here as a 17-year-old when I was at Nottingham Forest and it nearly cost me my career. 

"Thankfully it didn't and I'm here now as manager of Burnley in the Premier League. But I've never won since. It's one of those strange things. 

"That can't affect the result, but even my psychology, deep down, I'm thinking 'surely I'm due one. Surely I'm due something from this place.' But unfortunately not. 

"As soon as the whistle blew it was one of those strange things when you can almost sense it."

He added: "Me as manager, because I know my own team, I thought it just doesn't look like us. There was not enough energy, enough fight actually. We were outgunned on every level, more or less. 

"They were fully deserving  of everything and we simply weren't." 

The Clarets had come into this game on the back of a unbeaten three-match run, but were well below their best this in this encounter.

Dyche concluded: "We were miles off our performance level and you can't do that in the Premier League. 

"They had a little fortunate break in the first goal but we played in front of them constantly and never really affected them with anything with any purpose. 

"The really frustrating thing as a manager and coaches is that Tony (Pulis) never hides what his team is going to do and we made our team aware of that. 

"They did it very well and we didn't offer enough to affect it. 

"Results can be hard to get in the Premier League but the performance, in the first half in particular, was nowhere near what we are expecting from our team, home or away, but particularly away because we know we've got to change that form around. 

"It was a little bit better in the second half but first half we were miles off."

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