Sean Dyche said that his Burnley side were caught out by a ‘good side’ in the shape of Crystal Palace, with the Clarets on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline at Turf Moor.
An unfortunate own goal from Phil Bardsley opened the scoring for Crystal Palace before Michy Batshuayi made it 2-0 with a thunderous first-time finish after getting on the end of a drilled Aaron Wan Bissaka cross.
Wilfried Zaha made it 3-0 after 76 minutes before Ashley Barnes netted a 90th minute consolation for the hosts, who had more shots and more possession than the Eagles, although Burnley boss Sean Dyche admitted that the stats from today’s game were far from a true reflection of the performance his side produced.
“We know they break quickly but at crucial times we got caught out. It’s confusing when you look at the stats – the stats make it look like a good performance but we know stats don’t win games,” Dyche told the BBC.
“We’re still looking at the next game, we know these games are important. Most people are probably confused, Palace are a good side and most people are probably scratching their heads when they see them down there [in the table].
“We’ve done a lot of work on this run, we’ve had tough results before and responded. The next game is important to get back to our levels of performance.”