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Dyche wants more from his strikers

Sun 10 January 2021 | 12:55

Although the Clarets won over MK Dons through a penalty-shootout, Sean Dyche isn’t happy with his strikers as Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes missed several great chances throughout the game.


first-choice strikers,

Chris Wood


Ashley Barnes

have only scored four goals between themselves this season, while Jay Rodriguez is yet to find the net.

Matej Vydra

kept the Clarets in the competition with his last-gasp equalizer, which was his third goal of the season.


eventually won 4-3 on penalties, and


said afterwards:

“I certainly said to the centre-forwards at half-time, ‘look, I put pressure on the defenders to defend so it’s fair I put pressure on you to score a goal because we’re creating proper chances’.

“We’ve created a lot more over the last run of games so there was a bit of pressure second half to take the chances.

“We didn’t but their keeper made two or three fine saves. I don’t mind that if they’re getting in good areas but, on the quality of chances, I’ve got to look at the centre-forwards today and put a bit of pressure on.”

However, the 49-year-old manager was happy with the performances of his youngsters,

Josh Benson, Anthony Glennon,


Joel Mumbongo

, who all came off the bench.

“Josh Benson’s done really well,”




“I think he looks more and more at home every time he gets out there. His belief has risen in the way he’s performed. He came on and looked really bright and sharp.

“And Joel, who’s been on the bench a few times, never quite got there, but I just thought he was right, I thought we needed that bit of pace and power up there, which he certainly gave us. I thought he did excellent when he came on.

“He’s got a long way to go but we like what he’s about. He’s got pace and power but he’s got more than that. He’s just got to tidy up his game.”


are struggling with the injuries of

Rodriguez, Charlie Taylor, Kevin Long,


Nick Pope

on, as a recent coronavirus outbreak has sidelined other four players.

Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill,

and goalkeeper

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

were all notable absentees on Saturday.


Nick Pope

might not recover in time for


Tuesday’s Premier League clash with

Manchester United

, their FA Cup hero,

Will Norris

, might retain his place. Their summer signing saved two penalties on his debut on Saturday.

On the other end,


’ boss,

Russell Martin

, who was sent off for protesting the length of added-time, was disappointed with the result but proud of his players.

He said:

“Physically we looked very tired, which you expect. We could have done without extra-time, we’ve got a lot of games coming up. We’re already depleted.

“They created very little in extra-time, which shows how well we played. We’ve lost the game on penalties but I’ve told the players we have to use this.”

source: SportMob