Dy­che re­fuses to look for ex­cuses in de­feat

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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