Howe: I wish we could play again tomorrow
EDDIE Howe has demanded a reaction after three straight league defeats, but admits it is going to be a long two-week wait to get it.
Just four games into the new Championship season, the Clarets embarked on a fortnight break for internationals.
And Howe admitted it hurt to go into it on the back of a 3-1 home loss to Brighton, who previously had not registered an away goal since March.
Craig Mackail-Smith scored a deadly double either side of Gordon Greer’s equalising own goal, before Greer made amends by rounding off a first away win since February for Gus Poyet’s men.
Howe stressed the quality of Brighton’s first two goals offered no consolation, and is already looking for vast improvements on a largely lacklustre performance when his team take on Peterborough in the next league game a week on Saturday.
“I’ve said before we’ve got good, honest lads and they were hurt by (Saturday) as much as I was,” said the Burnley boss.
“We’ve got some good characters and that type of display will hurt a lot of the lads in there.
“I’m certainly going to look for a reaction.
“We’ve conceded from three set plays which is hugely frustrating from our perspective.
“We were on the wrong end of two great finishes but, still, we’ve got to stop them.
“The first one’s really disappointing because we ended up deep and it’s a good finish.
“But we should have dealt with that.
“The second one, it’s the second phase, we’re slow to get out and stop the cross.
“Really we shouldn’t concede an overhead kick in our box. It’s got to be our head on the end of it.
“When we equalised we were well in the game and had a couple of great chances to go 2-1 ahead.
“Ultimately we paid the price and it’s a poor defeat.
“The third one he (Greer) just pulled away and lost his man. It’s hugely disappointing.”
Of the international break, Howe added: “As always it seems to have come at a bad time for us.
“We lose a few players but that’s how it is.
“It’s a long two weeks from my perspective, I want to play tomorrow.
“That performance will live long in my memory now.
“We’ve got a break which we didn’t really want now, but we’ve got a game to look forward to against Peterborough.
“We have got to prepare right and make sure we put a performance on.”