Set pieces part of ‘learning curve’

Burnley’s struggles on set pieces are part of their Premier League learning curve, feels boss Sean Dyche.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling rises highest to score his team's opening goal

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The Clarets have shipped a divisional-high 16 headed goals so far this season - and four from corners in their last two games.

Dyche addressed the issue after the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford: “We had a little spell at the very beginning of the season and then nullified it and it went away. Sometimes it comes in little spates, it was a second phase thing tonight, you’ve got to clear the first, if you don’t, you’ve got to deal with the second, and we didn’t. The second, to be fair, you’ve got a £65m player putting a cross in who’s not bad you know, and he landed it right on his forehead, so there’s probably a bit in that.”

He added: “It’s not disappointment, it’s the reality, we’ve witnessed it right in front of our eyes a number of times this season. At elite level the margins get really, really fine, that could be a decision from the ref, a moment of magic from one player, a mistake, it just gets finer and finer.

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“The details are getting magnified and that’s the biggest learning curve.”