For 45 minutes on Saturday it looked as though a big FA Cup shock was on the cards at The Etihad. Sean Dyche's Burnley side went in 1-0 up at half time vs Man City, and they fully deserved their lead. However, after the break City moved into a different gear, and The Clarets had no answers.
A Sergio Aguero brace helped City on their way to a 4-1 victory, but Burnley lost little caste in defeat. In fact, Sean Dyche was proud of his players and, given the amount of changes he made, it is easy to see why.
Burnley Stick With The Basics
Although Burnley ended up well beaten at City, the scoreline was not a fair reflection of their display. As Sean Dyche outlined afterwards: “I think (City) had five efforts on target, and four goals. That’s sometimes what you get for £50m per player.”
“We’ve got to develop that, it can’t be done overnight. Season on season we’ve been adding and adding, but there isn’t a short fix. We have to be aware of that.”
“These moments can occur, but it’s hard, I think the team are giving a lot, and not always had the breaks. We’ve been a little bit hard done by, whether it’s a decision here and there, but I’m very pleased with the mentality of the players.”
“Stay focused, tuned in, stick with the basics of the side, until the game calms and you get a foothold again. But that doesn’t develop overnight, that’s a time thing. These can do that and have done to many sides this year”
Dyche Decision To Stay Justified
Sean Dyche's decision to stay at Burnley is looking like it was a good one. Whether he was offered the Everton or West Brom jobs we will never know. But, you can bet Burnley fans are delighted he didn't desert them.
Okay, they have now gone 5 games without a win in the Premier League. However, that included matches against Spurs, Man Utd and Liverpool.
The Clarets are only 7 points behind Spurs (5th) on 34 points in 7th, an incredible performance. Pep Guardiola is hot favourite for manager of the year, but nobody would complain if it was Dyche that won it.