Dyche: Everton don’t know how to win
Sean Dyche told his Burnley players Everton “don’t know how to win” as they plotted their second-half comeback to beat Frank Lampard’s side.
Burnley trailed 2-1 at the break courtesy of a pair of Richarlison penalties and Dyche’s dressing-room message to his players was clear – to take advantage of the visitors’ leaky defence and low confidence after a punishing run of away form.
Everton have not won a Premier League game on the road since August but looked like breaking that eight-month record until Jay Rodriguez and Maxwel Cornet struck in the second half to give Burnley a late victory. It puts them a point off safety and gives the Toffees the same cushion outside the bottom three.
Dyche told Sky Sports: “I’ve been down there, I know what it’s like and every season there have been tough patches for us. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes you sense that a team might have lost how to win a game. I said to them at half time ‘I’m not sure these know how to win a game, away from home particularly’.
“I told them we’ve got to play on that mentality – we do it by playing forward with better quality and being more aggressive in our play. Our passing and trying to get into the front areas of the pitch wasn’t glorious but there were patches and enough patches where we found three goals and I’m pleased with that.
“I think they had taken six points from 42 away from home before this game and conceded 49 over the season so far, so we felt there might be that edge that we could attack them maybe, possibly more freely. I don’t think it was free-flowing, but we had moments that counted, of course, and I reminded them of that at half-time.”
Lampard: We’re no different to other relegation battlers
Everton boss Frank Lampard said his side should have seen out victory after holding a half-time lead, before adding that the Toffees were in a genuine “battle” to avoid the drop.
Addressing the idea that there was more pressure on Everton than their relegation rivals due to the size, history and relative success of the club, he told Sky Sports: “It feels the same to me, whether that’s true, maybe, but it shouldn’t be in absolute football terms. The reality is what it is – we’re not different to Burnley, Watford, Norwich or Leeds. That’s where we’re at as a football club. Players don’t need to listen or read anything other than turning up tomorrow and getting the right results to keep us in this league.
“We can’t control it so there’s no point in delving too much into it, it would’ve been around the club before I was here and will continue until the end of the season. The only thing we can do is to control what we can, which is to work and fight to get the results.
“From 2-1, we should win the game, and by more goals. We’re not clinical enough on the numerous chances, the counter-attacks, and at that point you leave the game open. Then we make mistakes for their goals.
“I’m not sure it matters what it is, but the players have to deal with it. The only way through it is to fight, and keep working. That’s what the players have to do. We are in a battle, if we didn’t know it before, we know it now. We’re still above Burnley in the table, but obviously we’re very disappointed to lose from a winning position.”
Hinchcliffe: Everton could go down
Former Everton defender and Sky Sports commentator Andy Hinchcliffe said defeat at Turf Moor could have serious repercussions on his old side due to a harder run-in than some of their relegation rivals – starting against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Hinchcliffe said: “Being a former Everton player, I had some good times there, I always believed that they were going to get out of this mess, but the more I see them play, the more I worry that this season, unbelievably, they could go down. Burnley will go into that game against Norwich with incredible belief after winning tonight.
“That’s why Burnley wanted to win tonight, in terms of getting the three points and getting closer to Everton, but also going into that Norwich game. They can maybe relax a little bit more as they have done the job tonight. For Everton, it is the complete reverse; they desperately need something from that game against Man Utd.
“This was a pressurised game, we knew that, but every game from here on in is even more pressurised for both of these teams but actually, more for Everton now because they have got the tougher run-in. It’s going to be a real test of character, I’ve said this all along about Everton.
“I doubt their ability, but in the last few games, I thought they looked like they cared, they looked like they are running around for each other and for Frank Lampard, but if you keep making mistakes and basic defensive errors they make game after game, you really don’t give yourselves a chance.”
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April 21 – Southampton (h), live on Sky Sports
April 24 – Wolves (h)
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May 7 – Aston Villa (h)
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