Date: 4th December 2016 at 9:04pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has reflected on the loss to Stoke City and whilst disappointed with the final result, he was pleased with the performance the Burnley players put in.

Travelling to the Bet365 Stadium for the game, Burnley went down two nil on Saturday, and Dyche’s biggest criticism of the side as he spoke to the Official Site was in the fact that he felt both goals had been ‘soft’.

With four changes made that saw Sam Vokes, Steven Defour and Matt Lowton all take a place on the bench, whilst Johann Berg Gudmundsson missed out with a hamstring strain, Dyche was pleased on that front as he felt we were more positive in attack and largely dealt with the hosts threats well.

‘It was two soft goals, but other than that I thought it was a very good performance. We took the game on, which we wanted to do, and looked much more like ourselves. We know we have to change our away form. That`s an important part of the Premier League, and even though that`s difficult there were clear signs today that was a team that went to win a game. We haven`t shown that much away from home, but we did today and I thought the mentality was clear and some of the football was good. To come to Stoke and dominate a lot of the second half is very pleasing.’

There were a number of refereeing decisions on the day that perplexed Dyche as well, no more so that one of their goalscorers, Muniesa, throwing his arm out in the penalty box to deflect Scott Arfield’s first minute free kick wide, and then his booking in the second half as he grappled with Andre Gray as he raced through on goal.

Trying to be diplomatic, he explained.

‘I was surprised by as lot of decisions today. Mark is a great referee, but I thought today he was off his mark. In the first half we could have had a penalty when Muniesa sticks an arm at an unnatural position from a free kick. The same player then drags Andre down and I don`t know where that lives. In the initial contact Andre is through and clear, but by the time he has let it play and play and play, a defender gets around him. Why would he send him off if he is giving them time to recover? I thought the player looked worried, which is always a sign.’

Adding.

‘We need a little bit of the rub of the green, but we looked to take care of business our own way today and not worry about relying on other things not going our way, so it was a lot stronger performance from us.’

When questioned about the changes to the starting eleven, he felt that they had worked on the day despite the final result.

‘The changes worked to a degree. It didn`t get us a win, but we have to start with performances because away we haven`t found our travelling legs. That said, the Premier League is tough and if you look at the money they have spent here and some of the players they`ve got, they are a strong side and we took the challenge on today. We just have to keep believing we will get our rewards if we keep performing like that.’

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