Sean Dyche advises goal-shy Burnley to ‘get in the net’ in Everton clash

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has offered some advice to his goal-shy side as they prepare for a brutal Premier League relegation battle with Everton, telling them to “step into the net”.

Four points adrift of safety with 10 games remaining, the Clarets have not scored in their last four games – all of which have ended in defeat – and have scored just six in their last 11 games, three of them at Brighton.

When asked if he could ask for more from his forwards, Dyche said: “Yes – kick it in the net. It’s not rocket science.”

However, the former defender admitted that the task of putting the ball in the net is the most difficult to train.

He said: “The last moment – all managers, all coaches talk about it – the moment of execution, that’s the hardest thing to train and to manage.

“You put the players in the right areas, do the right things to give the team a chance to score goals and then the last moment is the challenge and that’s where we want our players to step up and take responsibility, like done it many times.

“The whole team can score and the whole team can defend.


Burnley have not scored in the Premier League since February – a Crystal Palace own goal (John Walton/PA)

“We ask a lot of our players so it’s not just about Wout (Weghorst), J-Rod (Jay Rodriguez) and Barnsey (Ashley Barnes) and those guys, it’s about the whole team reacting to score a goal achieve.”

Wednesday night’s game could prove crucial for both clubs as the Toffees sit just three points clear of the drop zone after four losses in their last five.

But Dyche is adamant that whatever happens in what is sure to be a tense 90 minutes it will not define the entire campaign for either club.


Sean Dyche awaits an exciting 90 minutes (Image: Richard Sellers/PA)

He said: “It’s a season of work, it’s at the end of the season when we look back and reflect.

“How many times have I heard, ‘That’s a six-pointer,’ ‘That’s who defines it,’ and all the rest of it, and they invariably didn’t define the season.

“Of course you don’t want to lose these games. You don’t define the whole season what people propose. You can do it, but you can’t see it that way.

“I’m definitely not doing that. I’ve been in this department long enough. We have 10 games. But the focus is immediately on the next thing – that’s the way we’ve always worked.” Sean Dyche advises goal-shy Burnley to ‘get in the net’ in Everton clash

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