Burnley’s approach that can bring Premier League wins, but Clarets need to find the right balance



Burnley’s wait for a Premier League win continues after the Clarets were twice tied down by Leicester City on Saturday.

An own goal from Jamie Vardy and a striking volley from Maxwel Cornet had Burnley ahead twice, but Vardy responded each time.

That meant a share of the booty at King Power and a two-point return from their first six top-flight matches.

READ MORE: Cornet injury sparks scrimmage as Burnley’s ace is forced at Leicester

Sean Dyche then spoke about the positives of the performance, if not the results, and we take a look at the highs and lows of Saturday’s performance.

UPS

Vydra

In the first half, it seemed like he was everywhere.

He created half chances, set up Cornet’s goal, held the ball well and constantly worried Leicester’s back line with his movement.

He was calmer after the break and an injury ended his afternoon prematurely, but he showed enough to suggest he should be the first choice alongside Chris Wood.

Horn

You can’t help but love him.

His goal was a Belter and he should have taken a touch and had a second shortly thereafter.

The winger worked defensively and his quick fives and goings resulted in the free kick for Burnley’s opener.

At the end of the game he limped around the pitch to thank away supporters and has already become a big fan favorite.

Selection

Everyone was pleasantly surprised by the team chosen by Dyche.

This is what we were looking for and while Johann Berg Gudmundsson might be feeling a little harsh too, Clarets XI looked strong and full of energy and attacking instincts.

So it turned out with an open competition from start to finish.

The challenge for Burnley will be to marry that inventiveness going forward with a defensive solidity that can provide a platform for the points.

It wasn’t far on Saturday.

low

Losing leads

Four times Burnley has led this season and four times they have failed to win.

They have already lost 10 points from the winning positions and for a team with only two, this is a trait the Clarets can hardly afford.

Go back to last season and Burnley has won just two of his last nine games in which he scored first, losing five.

For a team that has been able to protect the advantages so well, this is a problem that must be resolved.

Indeed, after Leicester equalized for the second time, the Clarets responded well with one last momentum and could have won it to death, perhaps a more proactive approach to managing a lead, rather than beating in. retreat and defend, can provide the answer.

Pope

On numerous occasions, Pope is rightly praised for his performance, but his decision to leave his line to shut down Vardy was a bad one.

He had no chance of doing it and made the attacker decision for him.

It cost the Clarets.

Concentration

Dyche referred to it after the game, but the two goals Burnley dispatched to the East Midlands were the result of Vardy’s movement and finishing ability, but also disappointing defense.

Vardy made a career out of exactly the kind of finishes he showed on Saturday, Burnley knew what was coming and they always allowed it to happen.

The defensive line was not established each time and the distances were not correct.

This allowed Vardy to take advantage of it.

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