Sunday 15 September 2019

Dyche feeling heat after latest defeat

Burnley 1 Everton 5

Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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Remember when Burnley were the epitome of discipline and solid defending? Well, if they do not find a way to recapture those days, their Premier League status will soon be a memory too.

Sean Dyche knows it. The Burnley manager is a level-headed presence in public, and even here, after a ninth defeat in 11 league games, he was able to make a joke.

When asked how his players were feeling. "They're delighted," he said.

No one is suggesting that his position is under threat, yet a manager who has taken the club from the lower half of the Championship into Europe during his six years in charge knows that past glories count for little.

"It's not about credit in the bank, it's about realities," Dyche said.

Marco Silva praised a "fantastic" response from his Everton players after the shell-shocked to losing 6-2 to Tottenham on Sunday.

Yerry Mina opened the scoring inside two minutes and that set the tone.

Lucas Digne doubled the advantage with a fine free-kick in the 13th minute and Ben Mee's handball allowed Gylfi Sigurdsson to make it three after 22 minutes.

Burnley responded by reducing the arrears before half-time, Ben Gibson marking his first Premier League start for the club with a scrappy goal, but Digne scored his second from long range and Richarlison finished off the scoring with the final kick of the game.

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