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Sean Dyche Asks Questions Of Everton Mentality After Huge Burnley Win

Sean Dyche Asks Questions Of Everton Mentality After Huge Burnley Win
By Eoin Harrington Updated

Everton appear to be in deep trouble at the bottom of the table after another loss away to fellow relegation-threatened Burnley on Wednesday night.

Despite coming back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 at half-time, Everton would themselves give up the lead in the second-half and fall to a calamitous 3-2 defeat at Turf Moor.

The loss leaves Everton just one point ahead of Burnley on the edge of the relegation zone. After the game, Burnley boss Sean Dyche questioned whether Everton had "lost how to win a game."

Burnley 3-2 Everton: Sean Dyche questions Everton's ability to win away from home

Burnley have been mired in plenty of relegation battles over the years, and this season is no different. Sean Dyche's side are fighting against the drop once again - but what appeared at one stage to be an unlikely escape now appears far more plausible, after their crucial win over Everton.

The nature of Everton's collapse had pundits stunned on Wednesday night and, for the first time, the prospect of the Toffees actually dropping to the Championship became real against Burnley.

After the game, Burnley manager Sean Dyche spoke to Sky Sports and empathised with Everton's struggles.

Dyche said that he and his Burnley team had "been there" and said he understood the struggles Everton were going through.

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Sometimes, the mentality is hard. I've been there, I know what it's like - every season there have been tough patches for us. It's hard to explain but sometimes you sense that a team has lost how to win a game.

I said to them at half-time - I'm not sure these know how to win a game lads, away from home particularly.

So I said we had to play on that and that mentality. We do that by playing forwards, we do that by playing with better quality and by being more aggressive in our passing play and trying to get to the front area of the pitch.

When asked if the win over Everton moved Burnley closer to safety, Dyche gave a suitably diplomatic answer:

It's just a restart, it's one game. There's nine more to go. The focus will be on the next one to come.

Burnley certainly showed an impressive mentality in Wednesday's relegation six pointer. They opened the scoring with Irishman Nathan Collins' first Premier League goal and, despite falling behind before half-time, mounted a massive comeback.

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Having levelled things up, Burnley sealed a huge win thanks to some shocking defending from Everton and a tidy finish from Maxwel Cornet.

The atmosphere at Turf Moor on Wednesday night certainly suggested that the club's fanbase have belief in their team, with the crowd erupting with joy after the late winner.

Everton, on the other hand, are now in big trouble, and Frank Lampard has a massive job on his hands to lift his side's morale coming into the closing stretch.

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