Boss Sean Dyche's delight as Burnley learn lessons from recent defeats in win at Wolves

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was pleased with the way his side managed the game at Wolves on Sunday, particularly in the second half.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 1:12 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 1:28 pm
Sean Dyche

The Clarets went to Molineux having lost three-successive Premier League games - the first two of which they had squandered winning positions against Southampton and Newcastle United.

Dyche's side were 2-0 up at St Mary's, only to go down 3-2, so there was a semblance of relief among the watching Clarets faithful on television, as they went on to claim a 4-0 victory - their biggest away win in the Premier League.

Chris Wood hit a first half hat-trick, and laid on Ashley Westwood's late fourth, and Dyche said, on the lessons learned from the Southampton game in particular: "The main thing that pleased me was the second half, because when you are in that position (3-0 up), do you almost allow them to get some sort of foothold in the game, because teams react in the Premier League, but we didn't allow that.

"We stayed on the front foot with our pressing lines and shape and some of our quality.

"As the game wore on, we started to make chances and look effective again.

"That comes with a bit of organisational knowhow, and equally with the way the team grows and their understanding, so I was really pleased with that."

Burnley's knowhow, certainly away from home, has developed over five-successive seasons in the top flight, from their first season back in 2016/17, when they won only once on the road, in their penultimate away game at Crystal Palace.

Sunday was as dominant as the Clarets have been away from home in the Premier League, and Dyche added: "I thought we did a pretty good job at Southampton, we had a bad 10 minutes, we took Manchester United on and they had a twist of fate late on.

"If that didn't go in, we might have seen the game out.

"But I believe in performances, you take a lucky win, but generally you want performance levels, and our consistency of performance has been good, despite losing three recently.

"I was really confident we could turn that into wins. Obviously, it's not as easy as getting a 4-0, but I expected us to start winning again."

Bumley's defensive resilience is renowned, but, of late, they had improved their attacking productivity, seemingly at the expense of their solid defensive framework, conceding eight goals in those three straight defeats.

But Burnley were spot on at both ends at Wolves, with Nick Pope not seriously tested: "We always search for the balance. We want to attack well and open the opposition up and create chances, but you have to work in transition to make sure you shut the opposition down.

"When you get that balance right, it is pleasing as a coach and a manager and a team."