Burnley's Ashley Barnes on the need for players to take responsibility

Ashley Barnes admits the Burnley squad need to take responsibility for recent collapses and use an enforced break to get back on track.

Ashley Barnes has said in the Lancashire Telegraph that the Burnley players need to take responsibility for recent collapses.

The Clarets have squandered two-goal leads in their last two outings, against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The latter was particularly galling as Sean Dyche’s side were at home and hoping to edge themselves away from the relegation zone.

A frustrating setback leaves them just one place and a solitary point above the bottom three and unable to offer a positive response this weekend due to their cup exit.

Barnes, though, sees an enforced break as a positive as it will allow focus to be realigned and for any issues to be ironed out on the training ground.

He said in the Lancashire Telegraph: “We don’t need to be told. We know ourselves that’s it our own fault. It’s one of those we have to rectify ourselves on the training ground.

“It’s going to be a little mental break now, but we’ll get together and regroup and do things as a group. We’ll go through the video and we’ll see. It’s hard to take that we’ve thrown it away.”

Burnley have now won just one of their last eight games in all competitions.

They need to find a way of tightening up at the back, with 36 goals conceded in 22 top-flight outings.

Only Queens Park Rangers have been breached on more occasions in Premier League competition, while only five sides have scored fewer goals than the Clarets this season.

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