Dyche upset by defensive blunders in damaging defeat

Sean Dyche frustrated with Burnley’s poor defensive display

Burnley suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat as Everton ran riot at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Boxing Day. The visitors scored thrice inside the opening 22 minutes of the game, Yerry Mina opening the scoring before Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spot-kick handed the Toffees an unassailable lead.

Digne and substitute Richarlison scored in the second half to turn a victory into a demolition, leaving Burnley three points adrift of Cardiff City above the relegation zone. And Sean Dyche was disappointed with his side’s poor defensive performance in what was the Clarets’ 13th defeat of the season.

“A very difficult afternoon. Mainly difficult for the first half an hour or so of the game, certainly the first 25 minutes,” Dyche told Sky Sports.

“They came out with a real hard tempo and we didn’t deal with that. Sloppy goals, sloppy moments – all of a sudden you’re on the back foot.

“I was super disappointed with the first half an hour or so. Then, to be fair, the mentality changed and we did manage to get just a slight window of opportunity by half-time.

“From our point of view, the big moment of the game is Tarky’s miss. If that goes in, [Everton have] just conceded six [against Tottenham], it might be a nervous time for them. But that didn’t go in and the rest is how it shows on the scoreline.”

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