Sean Dyche admits Burnley are playing with fear

first_imgBurnley are struggling to maintain the heights of last season and are playing with fear, according to manager Sean Dyche.The Clarets are currently in the relegation zone after 14 games and the 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace condemned them to their fifth defeat in six Premier League games.With games against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal to come before the festive period, Dyche said hard work and a bit of luck are the only things that can improve the club’s situation.“[Crystal Palace] deserved to win,” he told Sky Sports. “The performance: there was a bit of fear attached to it. The eye of the tiger we had last year – it was a collective unit – has softened quite obviously – and that can happen with tough results.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“There’s a lot of demand on this season, a different kind of demand that is new to the players and new to the club as well.“I think that that affects the way a group works sometimes, and I think they’ve found a challenge within that. So each game has that bit of trepidation to it and instead of that professional enjoyment that you want from your players, it becomes huff and puff, ‘just get through it’ and that mentality.“I’ve been through it myself down my career as a player and as a manager as well. To get that eye of the tiger back, it usually – not always – comes from hard work. The reason I say not always is that now and again you get it from a lucky one.“It’s strange football, you nick a lucky win and all of a sudden it looks different, but you don’t want to rely on them. You want to rely on the good work that the players can do to turn things around.”last_img

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