Burnley manager Sean Dyche has told his players they must defend better after their winless start to the new Premier League season. The Clarets had one of the meanest defences in the top flight last season, conceding just 39 times in 38 games on their way to a surprise seventh place and qualification for the Europa League qualification phase.
However, they have shipped seven in their last two Premier League games, with another three in last week’s Europa League play-off defeat, with their participation in Europe adding extra strain.
Dyche told reporters: “We gave away some sloppy goals. I don’t want that to continue because we did it against Watford and again (at Fulham). Olympiakos was different, we changed the team and all that stuff.
“But that back four (at Fulham) have been pretty settled. It’s not just the back four, the whole team are culpable in the end, but you always look to your back four and how they’re operating.
“We’re not a million miles away but the margins are really tight in this division and we’ve got to correct that.”