Sunday 21 July 2019

Sean Dyche wants more of a killer instinct from Burnley

The Clarets have only found the net once so far in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche wants more going forward from Burnley (Dave Howarth/PA)
Sean Dyche wants more going forward from Burnley (Dave Howarth/PA)

By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport

Sean Dyche admits his Burnley side are still searching for a killer instinct after a slow start to the season up front.

The Clarets are well ahead of their Premier League rivals in terms of games played, with four Europa League matches already in the bank, but they have yet to click in the final third.

Defender James Tarkowski’s header in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Watford is their only goal from two Premier League outings and both legs against Istanbul Basaksehir finished goalless after 90 minutes.

Dyche saw several good chances come and go as his side chased the game against the Hornets and is looking for improvement in another busy week that sees trips to Olympiakos and Fulham.

“We’ve got to have more fire to go and score a goal because we got in some top-class positions and dominated large parts of the play,” he said.

“Of course people want to score a goal but it’s (about) sprinting into the box, the intention that nothing is going to get in the way, that willingness and demand to arrive early and to read the play better.

“That moment…that little killer moment is what we’re still trying to find as a group.”

Tarkowski had never scored for the club before nodding home at the far post and is unlikely to remain top of Burnley’s Premier League scoring charts for long.

Instead, he is focusing on tightening up at the back after Watford picked holes rarely found in Dyche’s back four.

“Watford punished us when we gave them the chances,” he told the club’s official website.

“Fair play to them but we’ve got to look at ourselves more than them and we’ve got to defend better.

“The good thing is there are plenty of games to react to and a chance to turn it around, so we’ll look forward to Thursday and go and get a positive result in Greece.

“It’s a good opportunity for the lads to get out there and react straight away and we’re looking forward to it.”

For Watford, victory ended a winless away streak of 12 matches – including 11 defeats and eight in row without scoring.

That both Andre Gray and Troy Deeney hit the net – one a former Burnley player, the other a recent Burnley target – carried a hint of irony given the home side’s struggles in the final third.

“It was good for our two forwards,” said manager Javi Gracia.

“They are doing a very good job and not only by scoring goals. They are creating difficulties for the centre-backs and we have been able to keep the line a little bit higher.

“(Gray) is a great player, a great person. Last season he didn’t play so much but he was always helping the team. He deserved his goal.”

PA Media

The Throw-In: Kerry back to their best, Connolly’s return and Cork’s baffling inconsistency

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport