Dyche admits Burnley "were miles off our performance level" in West Brom thrashing

Dyche admits Burnley "were miles off our performance level" in West Brom thrashing

The Burnley manager reflects on a shambolic 4-0 defeat on Monday evening.

Chris Lincoln

Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted his side were "miles off the pace" as they succumbed to a shock 4-0 defeat at West Brom, whilst midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson hopes for a positive response to the loss.

The performance was "nowhere near what we are expecting"

Dyche summarised "there was not enough energy, enough fight actually. They were fully deserving of everything and we simply weren't" as he analysed Burnley's display. He added "we were miles off our performance level and you can't do that in the Premier League".

The manager was particularly disappointed with his players' lack of execution for the team's tactics. "The really frustrating thing as a manager and coaches is that Tony Pulis never hides what his team is going to do and we made our team aware of that. They did it very well and we didn't offer enough to affect it".

Dyche was more concerned about the performance than the result, admitting "results can be hard to get in the Premier League but the performance, in the first half in particular, was nowhere near what we are expecting from our team, home or away, but particularly away because we know we've got to change that form around".

An evening to forget for Burnley (photo: Getty Images)
An evening to forget for Burnley (photo: Getty Images)

"Everything was too slow"

Midfielder Gudmundsson echoed his manager's thoughts. “We didn’t play well enough, especially in the first half. Everything was too slow and when we lost the ball they seemed to score when they wanted"

The Icelandic international hopes his team can respond against Manchester City next weekend, explaining “we need to pick ourselves up. It’s a massive game next weekend and hopefully we can get some points from that". He suggested the way Burnley would improve is by "learning from our mistakes. We know what we did wrong and we just need to fix that and hopefully we will be all right next weekend".