I don't know how we lost that game

Last updated : 03 March 2012 By Tony Scholes

Burnley took the lead just before half time through Jay Rodriguez and home boss Sean Dyche then had a more difficult team talk to give. "The main thing I did was suggested to the players they should relax," he said.

"Relax and play, because we looked like a side trying not to lose in the first half rather than trying to win the game.

"I said right back in the summer that the mentality I wanted to imprint on the squad was one where we approach every game looking to win. Full credit to the players today; for having the spirit, courage, determination and quality at key times, let's not forget, to get those three points."

"And full credit to the fans as well this afternoon," he added. "They were quiet early on, but I couldn't blame them because we gave them very little to latch onto at all before the break.

"I asked the players to get emotionally attached to the game for the second half, because I felt they weren't early on. The way we started the second half got the fans involved, and I thought their support was outstanding for us then.

"They didn't give up on the players, even when we went 2-0 down, and if anyone needed evidence of players and crowd feeding off each other, today was it I felt.

"For me, it was a case of 'Never Say Never' with this group of players. It's very hard to turn 1-0 around in this division, so to come from 2-0 down shows terrific character from everyone involved."

Eddie Howe was baffled as the Clarets surrendered that lead. "I don't know how we lost that game and we are left with a feeling of huge disappointment because we should have won it comfortably," he said.

"We executed our game plan perfectly and it was a very good performance other than around 15 or 20 minutes, where we have totally struggled to get to grips with them. Bar that we were excellent and we should be talking about a really good win. That's what makes it so hard to take because individually, for the majority of the game, the lads performed really well.

"But we have an inexperienced side and we have to grow up very quickly. Losing Michael Duff at half time (to a dead leg) was a pivotal moment and a huge turning point in the game. He was playing well and winning his aerial duels, which you have to do against Watford because they are a very strong, direct, physical side.

"But we struggled to cope with three set plays and conceded three poor goals. We struggled with spells like that early in the season and it has come back to rear its ugly head. It's desperately disappointing because it has taken away what was, for around 70 minutes, a very good performance."