Burnley boss Dyche shrugs off Manchester United 'long ball' talk

Sean Dyche chats to United boss Lous van Gaal before kick-off at Turf Moor Picture: PHILL HEYWOOD

Sean Dyche chats to United boss Lous van Gaal before kick-off at Turf Moor Picture: PHILL HEYWOOD

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SEAN Dyche has shrugged off Louis van Gaal’s assessment of Burnley as a ‘long ball’ team – insisting the Clarets will continue to play the attractive football that got them promoted last season.

Manchester United boss van Gaal warned his players before Saturday’s 0-0 draw that Burnley would play ‘a lot of long balls’, something that ex-Claret Gary Cahill also remarked upon following Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Turf Moor a fortnight ago.

It is a tag that has surprised some, with Burnley never marked out as a particularly direct side last term in the Championship.

Dyche does not exactly agree with the description but is unconcerned about how others perceive his side.

“I know their manager felt there would be long balls but I just think that we want to play productive football,” said the Clarets boss.

“People saw how productive we were last season and we want to take that into this season, a new challenge against better squads of players.

“I thought it was all there to see on Saturday. Energy, framework, some really good mixed football, longer passes – there’s a difference – and I thought some real quality.

“People have a way of looking at teams and how they play. You’ve got to remember that particularly in the Premier League it’s rare to find that, even a longer pass, they tend to play it all short and sharp. That’s for others to decide how productive that can be.

“I know what I think is productive football, most of you have seen it last season and I think we played some fantastic stuff.

“I think it’s productive but I think it’s good to watch and I think the fans enjoy it and it does get points on the board.”

Dyche felt his side were fully deserving of a point against United, believing they had been unlucky to lose 1-0 at Swansea City a week earlier.

“I think we’ve been deserving of getting something from certainly the last two games,” he said.

“Chelsea I made it quite clear were too strong, too good for us on the night.

“Last week we were deserving of more than we got but we didn’t, it’s as simple as that.

“We got nothing apart from a very good performance, which of course builds mentality and that’s a key factor for us.

“I don’t think you get anything other than a test when you play Manchester United.

“I just thought we applied ourselves well to that test.

“They had pockets of very good play as you’d expect.

“They had a great chance in the first half, our keeper made a great save, and Rooney had a header on the back stick.

“But for a team like Man United I think we’ve done well to keep it to that and then obviously been productive ourselves, we’ve hit the bar, a couple of scrapes, a couple of near things.

“We come away pleased with a point but I’m as pleased with the performance.

“It’s important the way the players play, their performance level, their fitness levels.

“But of course I’m not naive, we have to get points on the board and we’ve got our first one now.”

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11:19am Mon 1 Sep 14

tall in the saddle says...

Well when have they ever showed any humility this lot? The fans the same all crying in the pub later, oh we should have had a penalty and we have to pay more for players than anyone, blah, blah blah. This from fans who have been used to shoving it down everyone’s throats for a long time. Well it’s their turn now and they don’t like it. What’s more considering the talent they had on the pitch their performance was not good. They have reportedly just signed Falcao on a year long loan costing £530,000/game. That’s the way just throw money at it. Panicking about the Champions League next season. I don’t think they will make it.
Well when have they ever showed any humility this lot? The fans the same all crying in the pub later, oh we should have had a penalty and we have to pay more for players than anyone, blah, blah blah. This from fans who have been used to shoving it down everyone’s throats for a long time. Well it’s their turn now and they don’t like it. What’s more considering the talent they had on the pitch their performance was not good. They have reportedly just signed Falcao on a year long loan costing £530,000/game. That’s the way just throw money at it. Panicking about the Champions League next season. I don’t think they will make it. tall in the saddle
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11:55am Mon 1 Sep 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Our long ball merchants have a better chance of making Europe than united. It doesn't matter how much united spend on their midfield if we bypass it like Peter Kay, av it.
Claret and Blue and long ball merchant goes together like fish n chips, just ask allardyce.
Airport traffic should be put on red alert when we play west ham, a battle of two hooves will be on display.
Our long ball merchants have a better chance of making Europe than united. It doesn't matter how much united spend on their midfield if we bypass it like Peter Kay, av it. Claret and Blue and long ball merchant goes together like fish n chips, just ask allardyce. Airport traffic should be put on red alert when we play west ham, a battle of two hooves will be on display. AnotherPounding4Burnley
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4:58pm Mon 1 Sep 14

boynesider says...

I am a red and fair play to Burnley they put Utd through the wringer on Saturday and more than deserved a good result.not all reds are the same some don't expect to win it all without hard work and skill.nothing is a given in the world of football that is what makes it entertaining.
I am a red and fair play to Burnley they put Utd through the wringer on Saturday and more than deserved a good result.not all reds are the same some don't expect to win it all without hard work and skill.nothing is a given in the world of football that is what makes it entertaining. boynesider
  • Score: 11

10:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

slopes says...

jeez 2 shots on target in 180 mins i'll have too double my bets on burnley the holiday fund is growing nicely atrocious team and now we've bought a guy that's scored 7 goals in 5 years hahahahahah
jeez 2 shots on target in 180 mins i'll have too double my bets on burnley the holiday fund is growing nicely atrocious team and now we've bought a guy that's scored 7 goals in 5 years hahahahahah slopes
  • Score: -3

4:03pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jack01 says...

You'll forgive me but I think I'll go with Louis van Gaal's tactical analysis of Burnley's play rather than Dyche's inane croaky ramblings aimed to win people over.

I only watched Burnley twice last season (both games against Rovers) and they were the very definition of a long ball side. Their most creative player was their right back Trippier, who every time he got the ball played a long high ball the length of the pitch hoping that either Vokes or Ings could latch onto the end of it. Who can blame them for such an approach, it worked very well indeed, but it is long ball football, and Louis van Gaal knows it. This is a guy who has coached Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, so i think he knows what he is talking about and knows long ball when he sees it. Contrast to Dyce the lower league centre half who spent his career at Chesterfield, who no doubt is anxious to avoid being labelled a long-ball merchant incase it harms his future job prospects.

It isnt an attempt to belittle Burnley or the achievement of winning promotion last season, long ball is fine if it works, but lets just be honest about it Sean.
You'll forgive me but I think I'll go with Louis van Gaal's tactical analysis of Burnley's play rather than Dyche's inane croaky ramblings aimed to win people over. I only watched Burnley twice last season (both games against Rovers) and they were the very definition of a long ball side. Their most creative player was their right back Trippier, who every time he got the ball played a long high ball the length of the pitch hoping that either Vokes or Ings could latch onto the end of it. Who can blame them for such an approach, it worked very well indeed, but it is long ball football, and Louis van Gaal knows it. This is a guy who has coached Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, so i think he knows what he is talking about and knows long ball when he sees it. Contrast to Dyce the lower league centre half who spent his career at Chesterfield, who no doubt is anxious to avoid being labelled a long-ball merchant incase it harms his future job prospects. It isnt an attempt to belittle Burnley or the achievement of winning promotion last season, long ball is fine if it works, but lets just be honest about it Sean. jack01
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