Dy­che is pleased in spite of Clarets’ loss

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PREMIER LEAGUE: Burn­ley are still look­ing for their first away win of the sea­son af­ter a 3-1 de­feat at Ever­ton, al­though man­ager Sean Dy­che could not fault their per­for­mance.

“It is a tough one to call. You don’t want to cry about it, but I thought the per­for­mance was good,” he said.

“If you were a neu­tral and didn’t know we hadn’t won away from home, you wouldn’t be­lieve it.

“They are on a very hot run at home, but I thought first half we were ex­cel­lent. We had one cleared off the line, two one v ones and their goal­keeper has made a big save.

“Sec­ond half I didn’t think there was that much in the game but the sec­ond one (Ever­ton goal) has to be bad luck.

“To have a shot hit your cen­tre-half and it is go­ing wide and then it hits your other cen­tre-half that has got to be had luck.

“They have three min­utes where they turn up the heat and one of the top strik­ers in the game at the mo­ment (Romelu Lukaku) scores a goal. That is the Premier League.”

Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man had no doubts about pick­ing Ross Barkley af­ter the mid­fielder’s week in the head­lines.

The 23-year-old found him­self at the cen­tre of a me­dia storm af­ter first be­ing al­legedly punched on a night out and then be­com­ing in­ad­ver­tently em­broiled in the row which saw The Sun news­pa­per banned from the club af­ter deroga­tory com­ments about him by colum­nist Kelvin McKen­zie.

Barkley re­sponded by cre­at­ing Ever­ton’s im­por­tant sec­ond goal, via de­flec­tions off two de­fend­ers, and cel­e­brated by jump­ing into the Gwla­dys Street end.

Asked whether there was any doubt over his se­lec­tion Koe­man said: “No, I think it is the best way to play foot­ball, to for­get what hap­pened last week.

“Of course I can un­der­stand (his cel­e­bra­tion) be­cause what hap­pened this week had re­ally a big im­pact for him.

“I think he was fo­cused on the foot­ball side the rest of the week and also (on Satur­day).

“I think it is what hap­pens in life. He will learn from what hap­pens. I did my­self some stupid things when I was 19, 20, 21.

“If you learn from mis­takes, that is good. Ev­ery­one is hu­man.”

Barkley was heav­ily in­volved at both ends, twice head­ing off the line, as Phil Jagielka’s goal was can­celled out by Sam Vokes’s penalty be­fore the Ever­ton mid­fielder’s de­ci­sive strike was fol­lowed by Lukaku’s 24th Premier League goal.

That equalled the great Dixie Dean’s 1934 record of scor­ing in nine suc­ces­sive home league matches.

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