Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed what he said to his players at half-time in the win over Everton about the visitors’ dire form away from home.
The defeat was Everton’s sixth consecutive loss on the road in the Premier League. And Frank Lampard has now lost all five of his Premier League away games in charge of Everton. He is the first manager to do that since Jan Siewert at Huddersfield Town in 2019, who lost his first seven.
And the fragile nature of the Toffees’ mentality away from home was a factor in Dyche’s half-time team talk. And it worked as Jay Rodriguez levelled the game at 2-2 after the break before Maxwel Cornet fired in the winner (85).
Burnley had taken an early lead through Nathan Collins’ first goal for the club but then fell behind as Richarlison twice scored from the penalty spot before the break.
Dyche, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “A very important win, a good display in patches but better. It’s a restart really, we looked good in patches.
“I think they’ve taken six points from 42 away from home so we thought there was an edge we could attack them. I reminded them at half-time that they had two soft penalties. But the reaction is very pleasing.
“At half-time I said we need to get back to basics. We lost our shape and discipline and they had a pen out of nothing. Second half I said let’s go back to basics with a bit of shape and quality.
“We created chances over the full game. Sometimes the mentality is hard. I’ve been down there, every season there are tough patches for us. You sense a team doesn’t know how to win a game. I said to our players that this lot don’t know how to win a game away from home.
“It wasn’t glorious, but there were patches where we found three goals and I’m pleased with that.
“It’s one game you know. There’s nine games to go.”
Rodriguez: We have to win every game
Rodriguez, who equalised after half-time, told Sky Sports: “This is massive, we know that, we know Everton are in the same position.
“This is a big game for momentum we’ve got a tough game to play with Norwich. They’ve got a great manager and great players. But this is all about us, we’ve got to continue to play how we did in the second half. It’s about the momentum, but a special night tonight.
“We have to win every game now, we have nine games now. It’s important for us to be on a winning run, we can’t take anything for granted
“To get one ahead and two sloppy goals to concede is disappointing. Credit to the lads, second half we showed how we can play. This was everything. We needed that moment.
“We always talk about relegation. And we have a great group of lads who work together. Everton are a great side and we hurt them and cut them open a few times. We still have that belief.”