Dyche refuses to look for excuses in defeat
BURNLEY succumbed to Fulham in their eighth competitive fixture of the season and manager Sean Dyche admitted their Europa League exertions are taking their toll.
The Clarets lost 3-1 to Olympiakos in Greece on Thursday. However, Dyche insists he would not have it any other way.
“We need to see beyond the constant noise of the Europa League, and too many games and all that sort of stuff,” he said.
“The players get a barrage of different stories and mostly, I think it is fair to say, those have been negative about the Europa League and how many games we are playing.
“But it’s the reality, that’s the challenge: can we keep going in two competitions?
“We are stretched at the moment as everyone knows. These are the complications of life at Burnley sometimes.
“We are skinny on numbers at the minute to take on the two competitions.
“But that’s the reality, no excuses. Those are just the facts.
“The best side won and the best player on the pitch was the centre-forward [Aleksandar] Mitrovic. He did everything that a good centre-forward should do.”
Jeff Hendrick had cancelled out a stunning 25-yard drive from Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri when Mitrovic struck with two headers in two minutes.
James Tarkowski pulled one back for Burnley before half-time, but Andre Schurrle’s late strike after Mitrovic’s shot came back off a post wrapped up the win.