Burnley manager Sean Dyche has issued a warning to his players following their loss at Sheffield United.
Dyche watched on in anguish as his Clarets side succumbed to the Blades. Three first-half goals were enough to put the game to bed by the half-way point.
Burnley struggled to get anything going in attacking areas. Dean Henderson was largely untroubled while they struggled to contain the Blades in wide areas. Ben Mee and James Tarkowski also struggled at centre-back. Mee later admitting it was a ‘bad day at the office for his team’.
Manager, Sean Dyche, was even more scathing in his criticism following the game. And he fired a warning to his players in his post-match comments.
“I could have taken any of the back four off at half time, but every shirt is now up for grabs after a first half like that.” Dyche said.
“I mentioned to the players yesterday and how tight it was for decisions as to who plays. Well that throws it all back into the mix!”
It’s the third Premier League game on the bounce Burnley have lost. It leaves them looking over their shoulder at the bottom three as things stand. Dyche will be determined to get through it, admitting he’s seen something similar before.
“We’ve been down this road before and we know how tough it can be from last season, so this needs to be a bad day at the office and that’s it,” he added in his comments.
There was simply nothing about the Burnley display we have become so accustomed to seeing.
United out-battled them in the middle and at the back. They were too clever out wide and in David McGoldrick, had a player on the pitch making a real difference. The Irishman delivered a superb performance, pretty much answering all but one of the questions asked in our piece on him this week.
Burnley and their players need to heed Dyche’s warning here if they are to steer clear of trouble this term.