Johann Gudmundsson sends crucial message to Burnley teammates following heartbreaking West Ham defeat

Johann Gudmundsson has warned his Burnley teammates of the need to stay switched on for the full 90 minutes following their cruel defeat to West Ham.

Thanks to Jay Rodriguez’s penalty, the Clarets appeared to be on their way to their first home win of the season on Saturday.

The Hammers seized the three points with two late goals, the first coming from a Darryl O’Shea own goal in the 86th minute, and the second from Tomas Soucek in stoppage time.

“It’s obviously tough to take,” Gudmundsson said.

“I thought we played really well, but this is a results business and we didn’t take any points so that’s extremely disappointing, especially losing late on and conceding two goals.

“We’ll be down today and tomorrow and then Monday is the start of a new week. We’ll look into the game, look at the good things we did and look at the bad things that we did as well and try to learn from that and go into the next game and try to get the three points.”

While the overall performance was a good one, the Clarets were made to pay in brutal style for their failure to stay aware for the full 90 minutes.


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“I thought we played really well, but it’s these key moments in the game where we have to be confident for 90 plus minutes these days. We can’t lack any focus or anything, so that’s what we need to learn,” Gudmundsson added.

“We know that the quality in this league is extremely good and we can’t switch off for a moment.

“This is tough to take because it’s two late goals, because we were doing really well. I thought we were comfortable in our defending, we created a few chances to go 1-0 up and especially at home I think we need to aim to keep a clean sheet.

“We’ve not had that this season and that’s obviously something we need to fix.

“There’s nothing else we can do, we can only keep moving forward and learn from what happened.

“We have to take it game by game now and try to get a result as quickly as possible.”

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