Burnley boss Vincent Kompany was delighted with his side’s second-half display as they beat Coventry City 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Jordan Beyer headed home the winner eight minutes from time. It was the defender’s first goal in English football.

The Clarets have now won 11 of their last 12 league matches and are 16 points clear of third-place Watford.

Kompany admitted his side were second-best during the opening 45 minutes but was pleased with their response after the break.

The Burnley boss said: “We couldn’t find space to create danger and we couldn’t get to grips with three or four players who kept getting away from pressure.

“In the first half we were nowhere near it. I can’t complain about the second half which was really good but the first half we were nowhere near it. We weren’t ourselves.”

He added: “This team is resourceful. Where we are in the league, it’s most important to keep our standards high and never brush away what happened in the first half, and make sure it never happens again.

“They did everything they had to do during the week but it just didn’t happen for us in the first half.

“In the second half the message was simple. We just told them that ‘it’s life’ and put it behind you, and you still have 45 minutes where you can play the greatest game you’ve ever played.

“I really don’t want the first half to take away from how we played in the second half. We forced Coventry to change their system. They are a good team that is well drilled.”

Viktor Gyokeres lead the line superbly during the first half, masterminding three chances which were spurned by team-mates.

He twice teed up Jamie Allen in the opening 10 minutes, only for the midfielder to get his shots all wrong, and then combined with Ben Sheaf to send Kasey Palmer towards goal – this time Ian Maatsen’s last-ditch lunge diverted the shot round the post.

Shortly after the break Gyokeres almost scored himself, latching on to Beyer’s under-hit back-pass, only for keeper Aro Muric’s challenge to force him across goal, where Josh Brownhill sprinted back to put in a goal-saving challenge.

Kompany made changes, taking off Jack Cork after he was booked – his 10th of the season, which means he will get a two-match suspension.

The energy injected by Tella and Gudmundsson was key, with the latter providing the corner for the winner and twice drilling in dangerous crosses that should have brought goals.

The first found its way to Manuel Benson, whose normally trusty left foot skied it high over the bar, while the second landed on the head of Tella, with Wilson clawing the ball away to make his first save an hour into the game.