BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche was left ruing “eight minutes of madness” following his side’s 4-0 defeat against Chelsea at Turf Moor.

Kai Havertz bagged a brace, with Reece James and Christian Pulisic also getting on the scoresheet for the Blues.

Defeat keeps the Clarets stuck in the bottom three and puts a sizeable dent in their goal difference as they conceded four goals for the first time since a 4-0 home defeat to Leeds last May once safety had already been assured.

Before the break, Dwight McNeil missed a big chance after Edouard Mendy failed to hold an Ashley Westwood cross, while Wout Weghorst also saw a first-time shot cleared off the line by Thiago Silva.

“You hope you’re not going to pay for (missed chances) but we did,” Dyche said.

“I thought we were excellent in the first half, the game plan we set out was delivered and the players kept it nice and tight with an excellent shape.

“I had no complaints at half-time but then at the start of the second half it was a really poor goal and that just affected us clearly for eight minutes of madness.

“Sometimes in football you can concede but it shouldn’t stop you doing what you’re doing. I was really confused by that eight or nine minutes and we’ll debrief that with the players because it’s not like us.

“I considered taking all 11 off for eight minutes and if I could have, I would have.”

Dyche’s men are back in action on Saturday, March 12 when they head to relegation rivals Brentford (KO 3pm).

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