SEAN Dyche declared his first full week as Burnley boss a positive one, despite it ending in defeat at Ipswich Town.
After back-to-back home wins against Wolves and Leeds United the Clarets went to Portman Road in confident mood, albeit wary of a backlash following a heavy defeat for Ipswich in midweek, which left them rooted to the foot of the Championship.
Mick McCarthy’s new club did indeed hit back with their first home win since March, condemning Burnley to their sixth loss from eight away games.
But as Dyche looks ahead to an uninterrupted week on the training ground, after three games in seven days, he admitted that he was reasonably satisfied at picking up six points from a possible nine.
“It would have been a really good week if we’d won all three,” he said. “That’s just my mindset. So I come away disappointed with any result that goes against us, but you’ve got to balance that with reality.
“We’ve had three tough games in a week and a fantastic response from a group of players, a new staff and a new culture that we’re setting here.
“Overall it’s been a positive week and leaves us with food for thought in how we develop further.”
He added: “I believe in a winning mentality. We want to be playing football that wins games, we want to be going for wins and we were probably just slightly left open, which I was not as pleased about obviously, but we’ve had nine days to work with the players.
“They’ve been fantastic in their response to that and the way they’ve adapted to what we want.
“We’re trying to find that mix. There’s a balance to be found. They were too open before, we’ve made that tighter but we still want to play and shift the ball through the units and play good football. There were pockets of that on offer (on Saturday).”
Dyche was disappointed that a foul was not given against Lee Grant for the first goal, after he collided with scorer Daryl Murphy, and that his players were caught out on the break for DJ Campbell’s winner, after Sam Vokes claimed his first goal of the season to equalise.
“On immediate reflection on the game I think it’s fair to say we deserved at least a share of the spoils, but they had to give a reaction,” he said.
“I was pleased that our lads dealt with that well, particularly in the first half when I thought we had good possession and used it wisely.
“Ipswich are still a big club, they have a new manager and they wanted a reaction.
“We go away disappointed. I think a share of the spoils would have been about right.”