Burnley boss gets a little help from his friends

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

SEAN Dyche has revealed he is canvassing opinion from friends in football for reassurance that Burnley are on the right track.

The Clarets have won only once in their last eight games. But there have been a number of occasions – including Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham City – where Dyche has felt they have deserved more.

And he admitted that opinion has been backed up by others.

“I get independent people to watch us because I value their feedback,” explained Dyche, who saw his side lead 2-1 after trailing at the break, only to succumb to a late equaliser at St Andrew’s.

“Some of them are (friends in football). Most of them are football people – friends who are out of work, a couple of the LMA (League Managers Association) members whose opinion I value.

“And Sir Alex Ferguson’s against Blackburn was an important opinion of course.”

And Dyche revealed assessments of their performance followed a similar pattern.

“The theme is purely that if you do the right things often enough you win football matches,” he said.

“Whatever way you look at it that’s what the business is about.

“I thought against Blackburn we were very dominant for most of the game, Watford we were very dominant, still working their keeper in the last two minutes, (Saturday) was mostly dominant.

“There have been a lot of good signs.

“The only frustration as coaches and managers is that you can put a plan together to get them in the areas to score but you can’t actually kick it in the net for them. That’s when it comes down to the individual player.”

He added: “Sometimes it’s just a scratch of luck. They got one for their second goal. A deflection off a loose foot, ball goes through and he’s in the right place and the right time.

“Maybe we’re due one of those ugly 1-0 wins.

“The signs are good – but you’ve got to win. It’s a simple as that if you really mean business.

“That’s the only frustration at the moment.

“It’s not the performances that are a frustration, it’s just how you don’t win a game.”

Burnley set an attacking stall out early against Birmingham, and statistics showed they had seven chances in the first 12 minutes – four of them falling to Martin Paterson.

And Dyche admitted it was a mystery how he had not got among the goals.

“The timing of the runs, the movement, everything was there,” he said.

“Their keeper made a great save, he stayed big, so sometimes it’s not just about the finish.

“That keeps them in the game because if you score that early there might be another one that comes quickly, as there was later in the game.

“The keeper made a fantastic save there.”

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