Burnley 1 Leeds United 0: '˜Mystery' how we lost game - Evans

Steve Evans spoke of his disappointment and frustration after Leeds United were edged out at Turf Moor.

Saturday, 9th April 2016, 3:52 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th April 2016, 11:12 am
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Scott Arfield struck after just 59 seconds to ensure Burnley took all three points and stay top of the Championship over the weekend.

Steve Evans, who predicted there will soon be promotion celebrations around Turf Moor, said: “We’ve played well enough, we’ve dominated for long, long spells today.

“If Burnley are winning games like today they’re destined to be in the Premier League. They’re full of good players and have a top manager.”

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Evans also absolved Wood of any blame, even though the striker’s wastefulness from left-wing crosses from Mustapha Carayol and Charlie Taylor ultimately cost the visitors a share of the spoils.

“With the two Chris Wood chances, they’re bread and butter to him, he would normally put them in the net,” Evans admitted.

“The net is three quarters empty and you’d normally expect him to put them in, but he’ll come back on Tuesday, he’ll lead the line on Tuesday. His performance all round other than that was very good.

“The whole team, we’ve bossed it with some real quality of passing and movement. The only disappointing thing, and the mystery to all of us, is that we’ve lost the game.”

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Dyche was just pleased to record another victory at Turf Moor as they close on an instant return to the Barclays Premier League.

“Today was a different affair but you’ve got to find a way,” the Burnley boss said.

“If you want to be successful in any industry, but certainly in football, certainly in the Championship, you have to find a way to win.”

Burnley have not been beaten since Boxing Day in the Championship and while the start of their 18-game unbeaten run featured more eye-catching performances and bigger margins of victory, their consistency has seen them retain top spot ahead of the chasing pack.

“You can’t use the word ‘luck’ when you’re top of the league with 80 points at this stage of the season,” Dyche added.

“That’s not about luck when you’ve gone this far down the line. It’s about all the different challenges and dealing with them over a season. There’s still more work to be done.”