Mike Jackson felt Burnley were made to pay for defensive lapses in their weekend defeat by Aston Villa.
The Clarets were beaten 3-1 at Turf Moor in a result which hits their Premier League survival chances.
It means the Clarets remain 16th, two points above Everton and ahead of Leeds on goal difference ahead of those two sides playing tomorrow. It was a damaging defeat for Mike Jackson’s side who had reeled off three straight wins prior to this one.
“First half we got punished for some errors,” he said. “Which you do at this level. We had good moments and quite a bit of the ball, but we couldn’t finish them off. Then you are two down and second half you lose one early and it knocks the wind out of you.
“When you lose a game, you can’t shake that feeling straight away, you’ve got to go through the process of looking at what we did well, what we can improve on and the plan going forward.”
Burnley were made to pay for defensive lapses and a lack of a clinical edge in attack before folding in an abject second half brightened only by sub Maxwel Cornet netting a late consolation.
The Clarets trailed early when Danny Ings netted his fourth goal in as many games against his former club and Emi Buendia doubled the lead with a deflected shot after poor Burnley defending. Mike Jackson’s side had their chances in the first half with Dwight McNeil wasting the best of them but they lost James Tarkowski to injury early in the second half and Ollie Watkins’ header made the game safe.
Tarkowski injury update
Here’s what Mike Jackson said after the game
Jackson on Cornet and Pieters returning
Erik has come back in really good nick and looks really fit and up for it.
Getting Max back and him getting a goal, he gives you that dynamism that you need at the top end of the pitch. They are two positives from today.
Jackson on Villa timewasting
I could see that but I am not going to have a go at Villa for that, they are here to do what is going to get them a result. I have no complaints with that, I could see what they were doing but I am not complaining about that. We have lost the game and I don’t really want to go into that.
Jackson on slow starts
You always want to start fast with a tempo, I thought we did that today. At Watford we didn’t.
Sometimes at this stage of the season with what is at stake, it can be a little bit nervy. I don’t think it is case of starting badly, it is those first nerves until everyone is settled.
Jackson on staying level
You will look back at that first half and it won’t be as bad as what you think. When you lose a game the disappointment sits with you, no matter what anyone says to you it is there for a few hours or it can take until Sunday or Monday to get it out of your system. It is the way it is as a player and it’s the same as a coach and a manager and you have to find a way of moving forward and you usually do that by focussing on what you can do next and where you can improve.
Jackson on togetherness being key
You need it all the time in football, you can’t win every game and how can we react, respond and come together. This group has done that before and we have a bit of time now to look where we could be better and how we can improve and we focus everything now on the three games we have to go. The league didn’t finish today.
The first half I thought was quite even, I didn’t think there was much in it but we got punished for a couple of errors that we made.
On the flip side, we had some really good moments but didn’t punish them like they did us.
We said at half time about getting that next goal, they got it and from then it is managing the game and thinking about the bigger picture.
In the first half I thought there were some good bits of play but were punished on those moments, which happens at this level.
We have just spoken as a group, and I said it before the Watford game, if I was going to take into this (relegation battle) it would be them. My thoughts haven’t changed on that.
Interim boss felt Burnley played fairly well in the first half but were punished for a couple of errors.
Spoke at half time of the importance of the next goal and when that went Villa’s way, said it was as much about the bigger picture.
No complaints about Villa’s time wasting in the first half
James Tarkowski has a tight hamstring, he was replaced as soon as possible and will be assessed in coming days.
Matej Vydra has a knee issue picked up at Watford
Gerrard on facing Burnley again
You have to play extremely well to take maximum points from them
We will see what the situation is when that game comes around but there will be no sentiment, the message will be to go and get maximum points again
Alan Shearer’s verdict
I felt with the momentum Burnley had they might get out of trouble, but it was a poor performance from them today.
Mike Jackson needs to pick his players up and go again.
Gerrard on tackling Burnley
You have to prepare for them, they play some good stuff if you allow them to but they are a powerful team. From very restart, they have two big strikers and two big centre halves and Taylor is not small either.
It is why I put Callum Chambers in, to deal with that profile
Gerrard on Ings
Burnley was good for Danny and I know he learnt a lot and grew and I am sure he wants Burnly to say up
But it has to be about Aston Villa now
I thought we were better and stronger in every department
It was a very good away performance
Our front three were ruthless
We were up against a team in a great place with 10 points from 12 on the back of a manager bounce and we have come to a tough place
A tough afternoon for the Clarets
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Ollie Watkins has his say
It was a great performance; it is always difficult coming here and we dealt with their long balls really well. They didn’t have many clear chances, we were good on set pieces and we scored three good goals. A lot of positives to take.
We came here last year and went 1-0 up only to lose 3-2; they kept coming at us and we didn’t deal with their long balls. We knew we had to do that and we punished them at the other end. Scoring early breaks the ice and we knew the importance of that third goal; if they scored it they’d have had momentum. It is nice to get into double figures for goals and we are hoping to get top-10. We need to keep the momentum going.
Full time verdict
Burnley net a late consolation but they were never in that second half.
Tarkowski injury a concern and once Watkins added a third for the visitors he game petered out.
A disappointing day for Burnley and although they played okay, they were made to pay for defensive lapses and a lack of a clinical edge in attack
Cornet scores, beats the offside trap and rounds Martinez to finish well after Pieters played him in.
Mings slow to move out and it is a consolation for the Clarets
Barnes makes way as Cornet goes up front
Burnley struggling to make anything happen, Villa killing the game and it is petering out here
Lennon comes off and Cornet takes up a role on the right
Another poor goal to concede from Burnley, acres of space on the left and Watkins drifts off Long and is in front of Taylor to head in from close range.
Tarkowski forced off injured
Huge blow to Burnley as the skippere departs with an injury
Kevin Long on in his place and Tarky heads down the tunnel, he’s walking okay so hopefully not a serious injury
Half time verdict
Clarets made to pay for conceding two cheap goals
They’ve not played badly but have a mountain to climb in the second half
Defensively they were too open in first 20 minutes but they finished the half strongly and if they can get the next goal you never know.
Must be more clinical though.
Big chance missed
Oh Dwight. Burnley should be back in it. Winger nicks the ball after a tussle down the left and drives inside but his shot is poor with Barnes square. Massive chance.
Clarets up ante
Barnes and McNeil try their luck from edge of the box but both efforts ar comfortable for Martinez
Villa double their lead
Digne escapes McNeil’s attention down the left and his pull back is steered in by Buendia. Takes a touch of Tarkowski and wrongfoots Pope and goes in.
Weghorst header drops just over from a lovely McNeil cross
Clarets are seeing plenty of the ball at the moment but struggling to create clear opportunities
Comedy of errors
Comedy of errors as Taylor heads towards Pope despite Ings lurking, Pope skews his kick and Buendia gets his shot all wrong with Pope stranded.
Clarets living dangerously at back
Burnley have almost been caught out a couple of times by Villa on the break with their movement off the shoulder
Clarets have had a few forays forward with McNeil to the fore but haven’t forced a save from Martinez as yet
It’s Burnley old boy Danny Ings
He in space between the two centre halves and held his run well to slot past Pope.
Burnley behind inside first 10 minutes