Sánchez Flores: “If We Believe, We Can Do This Together”
By Kevin Affleck
Head Coach Quique Sánchez Flores has vowed to remain on an even keel, believing his team had not cracked it by beating Norwich and that it isn't the end of the road either after the team lost at home to Burnley.
The Golden Boys were three points from safety before the weekend and that's still the case despite finishing empty handed from a game everyone had targeted something tangible from. There are 25 games left and 75 points to play for.
"When we won at Norwich, not everything was solved," said the Head Coach yesterday. "When we lost today, it doesn't decide anything either. After defeat not everything is lost. It is a race and it's about how we can improve. It's about belief, it's about fight and if we believe, we can do this together. You have to be ready to fight and we are still ready to fight. To keep believing is really important and that is what we will do."
Sánchez Flores remains optimistic and knows how quickly things can change in this beautiful game.
"Football is unbelievable," he said. "Norwich lost 2-0 with us and now today they win at Everton. I don't have any doubt about the squad. I believe 100 per cent in them. What I know since the first day is that it's difficult to change so quick."
The Head Coach was pleased with how his side performed for 50 minutes and they should at least have been a goal in front. Even Sean Dyche admitted afterwards it was a game of two halves and that the scoreline flattered his side.
"It's very difficult to explain the result," said Sánchez Flores. "I don't want to talk too much as it sounds like an excuse. We were happy and positive at the start, thinking about how we have control over the opponent, how we recuperated the ball quickly, how we played close to the box and how we had the best chances in the first half. We had control in the first half but we didn't score. The spirit of the players is alive and I can see this from the performance in the first half."
Burnley then got their noses in front through Chris Wood and that knocked the stuffing out of his fragile side.
"This changed things a lot," he said. "It affected our spirit, our energy and this was difficult. The other team had more power, more confidence and the energy was negative as we deserved a goal and deserved to be ahead. When you go behind it is completely different, a completely different mentality. You need to start from zero again."