January 13, 2018 / 7:27 PM / 8 days ago

Dyche still upbeat despite Burnley's winless run

LONDON (Reuters) - Burnley manager Sean Dyche said he was still upbeat about his team’s season despite seeing their winless run in the Premier League stretch to six matches with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Clarets remain seventh in the standings, with 34 points from 23 games, but have not win since beating Stoke City 1-0 on Dec. 12.

Their position is still an improvement on the same stage of last season, when they were three places and five points worse off.

”The margins were tight early-season when we were winning a lot of games and the margins are tight now,“ Dyche told a news conference. ”I still think we have moved a long way from where we were last season, particularly away from home, because second half, we have really taken that game on today.

”It’s a bit of a tough run at the minute, but over the course of the season, it’s a hard one to judge. Before this run, we had just won three out of four and were unlucky in the one that we didn’t win.

“You look at that, a couple of decisions have gone against us in this run, a few injuries, so I‘m not overly disappointed. I‘m certainly not disappointed by the look at the league table.”

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Dyche said a possible reason for Burnley’s current slump is that they have been slow to get going in matches.

“Early season we were making victories our own,” he added.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche speaks with Georges-Kevin N'Koudou before he sends him on as a substitute Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

“Now, we have to make them come our way. No one in the Premier League waits for it to happen, and I thought first half (against Palace) we were playing a bit like that. The Premier League is just not like that.”

Palace went ahead through Bakary Sako’s 21st-minute strike, although Burnley forwards Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes both spurned two chances apiece to equalise.

”It was a close-but-no-cigar afternoon,“ Dyche said. ”They were better than us in the first half, not by miles.

“Second half, we were at least decent and thought we probably deserved to scratch a draw out of the game in the end.”

Reporting by Matt Westby; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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