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Top form will come, insists Burnley boss
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche believes it is only a matter of time before the Clarets hit winning form, but warned: ‘We’re having to over-earn it’.
The Clarets were held to their fourth draw in five games, after coming from behind to lead 2-1 at Birmingham City up until the last minute.
But, after Danny Ings and Ross Wallace celebrated their first goals of the season within two second-half minutes, Nikola Zigic capitalised on a missed clearance to bury a late volley past Lee Grant.
Burnley have now won only once in eight matches. But Dyche is confident he saw enough signs at St Andrew’s, and in previous games, to suggest their luck is about to turn.
“It’s the madness of football at the moment,” he said.
“We’re having to over-earn a win, that extra little rub of the green that sometimes just changes games and it went with them (Birmingham) on Saturday.
“But behind all that it’s the maddest thing that we’ve only lost one in six but we’ve had four draws – impossible draws. You look at it and think ‘how have you had four draws out of that?’ There’s only one that was really, of the others it’s incredible how we haven’t won.
“But the challenge is turning that into winning. It’s as simple as that.”
Dyche does not feel drastic measures are needed to improve their current form, however.
“I thought the lads deserved everything because I thought it was a really, really thorough performance and the style of play, the way they’ve delivered it, I thought was excellent,” said the Clarets boss, who felt his side were full value for their second-half lead.
“It was incredible it took that long to be in front, that’s what I was surprised about.
“I had total belief during the game. We go 1-0 down at half-time but I wasn’t panicking, I wasn’t saying to the lads ‘how are we going to get back?’ I told them to keep playing.
“I checked with our analyst and we had seven (chances) in the first 12 minutes and three one-on-ones and the game should be gone.
“You could smell it coming, so when we went 2-1 up I wasn’t surprised at all.
“They were two fantastic goals as well.
“Ingsy’s movement and clever to feet to score the first, and what a finish from Ross Wallace.
“The biggest surprise is to not win the game.”
Charlie Austin had the ball in the net before Ings scored Burnley’s equaliser, but the referee had already blown for a bad foul by Mitch Hancox on Kieran Trippier in the build-up.
Dyche added: “There were two good goals. I thought there was a third good goal but unfortunately the referee decided to pull it up immediately.
“I spoke to him at the end, shook his hand and he said ‘Yes, you’re right. I just saw it was a really bad tackle and I jumped on it’.
“He knows he should have let it go for one second.
“There was no problem. He accepted he got that one wrong.”
But with Hancox only receiving a yellow card, Dyche added: “I said if you don’t let that go and it’s a goal, if the challenge is that bad … that looked like one where you go off the pitch to me.
“But we must forget that because the performance is what I’m more interested in and I thought the players were excellent again.
“We’re building a way of playing, a more secure way of playing, but I’ve made it clear to all the players that the framework that we’re trying to put in is only to allow a better chance of being free to go and attack.”
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