Duff: Burnley need balance

Michael Duff concedes Burnley are still striving to find the right balance between attack and defence.

Last Updated: 17/03/13 at 12:20 Post Comment

Charlie Austin (left): His goals for Burnley have dried up

Charlie Austin (left): His goals for Burnley have dried up

The experienced centre-back returned from a calf problem as the Clarets suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hull City at Turf Moor on Monday night - the fourth time they have drawn a blank in the past six matches.

It is a slump far removed from their free-scoring early season form, when Charlie Austin briefly rubbed shoulders with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among Europe's top marksmen.

Sean Dyche has instilled some much-needed defensive solidity since replacing Bournemouth-bound Eddie Howe as manager, but Duff would like to see the spark rediscovered ahead of Sunday's derby clash at Blackburn.

"We scored a lot at the start of the season because everything Charlie hit went in," he said.

"Charlie had a vein of form where he didn't even have to look at the goal - it would come off his heel and go into the net.

"But we were conceding too many goals and that's the fine balance. You get teams who score a lot and concede a lot or teams that nick games 1-0.

"It is trying to get that balance. From the defenders' point of view we don't look like conceding many goals.

"The goals have dried up a little bit and maybe more of the chances have dried up, which is the more worrying little thing, but, again, a lot of it's (down to) confidence.

"We've got a lot of good players and we just need to get them on the ball a little bit more."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

Footer 365

Bomb threat confirmed on FIFA election day in Zurich

A bomb threat and a political protest have disrupted FIFA's congress on the day Sepp Blatter's critics hope will signal his exit.

Jack Warner hits out at USA after being charged in corruption case

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has hit out at the United States after he was charged in a US corruption case.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company