SEAN Dyche felt his side failed to deal with the basics at Bolton as a 1-0 lead turned into a 2-1 defeat.
The Clarets looked in charge after David Edgar headed Burnley in front just after half-time, after Chris McCann headed a Junior Stanislas corner back across goal.
But Wanderers introduced Craig Davies and David Ngog, and both got on the scoresheet to give Bolton their first league win of 2013.
And Dyche said: “You’ve got to recognise the players they’ve got, the players they’re bringing on as sub are probably bigger than our wage bill so they have got quality.
“But I think the feel of the game was one where we generally had control of it, by no means total control but certainly when we scored.
“We just let it get away from us with small details, but the small details change games.
“They’re putting on players they’ve bought for pretty big money, especially Ngog, I don’t know how many millions.
“They’re good players, we’re aware of that as we are with every club we go to. We’re developing those types of players, we believe in our own.
“The main disappointment was just not dealing with the very basics, the first goal was just simple basics, nothing special, just dealing with the ball properly, heading the ball and that’s not like us.
“The second one to be fair the shot from outside the box could go anywhere. It was a very good finish but it could go anywhere, it lands to him perfectly and then he spins it in.”
He was disappointed at a lack of composure on the ball after going in front, at a time when the home fans were somewhat disgruntled: “It was a close affair I thought generally.
“We played some good stuff, we kept the ball and my biggest frustration other than the result was that when we scored we didn’t keep the ball, and that’s our strength, using the ball, keeping the ball, we’ve seen that many times lately with the way we’ve gone about our business.
“That was my biggest frustration with the team and what I spoke to them about afterwards, other than the obvious, which is the outcome, because at 1-0 I thought the frustration kicked in here and I think we’d dealt with the ball better and kept it, that would only have grown.”
Dyche had a word with Premier League referee Chris Foy at the final whistle, after Bolton’s winner came via his former Chesterfield team-mate Kevin Davies blocking off Kieran Tripper from a throw-in, with Ngog ultimately taking advantage.
He added: “I just felt there was a lot of blocking going on in the box, what I call professional blocking, not accidents.
“That was constant and the second goal, Kev Davies pushes Kieran Trippier in the back.
“I just said ref, we didn’t get one all day and then the one that was important we didn’t get.
“But it was nothing major really, I just felt it was an important point.”
Burnley started the day seventh, and ended it ninth, with Brighton - climbing to seventh - the only side in the top 12 to win.
The Clarets have now taken one point from nine, after four league wins from five, and Dyche admitted: “It’s the madness of the division, and really that’s an imbalance with the previous four wins out of five.
“There seems to be a period where most things balance out, apart from the real super spenders and super powers of the division.
“I know Leicester went down but Cardiff keep that run going.
“But we’re in a group of teams who are hot, cold, indifferent at times and that consistency is what everyone is looking for.
“Overall we’ve been here a certain period and I think the team has done very well with the way they’ve gone about it.
“Again, no lack of energy or effect, good organisation, it was just those small details.
“The first goal was the first time we really lost our organisation for 20 seconds.”
However, Burnley remain four points off a play-off place after Middlesbrough suffered a fifth-successive league defeat: “I don’t really bother about anyone else, it’s about us.
“I can’t decide whether they are going to win or lose, but I can decide whether we are or have a say in it, so I concentrate on us.
“Of course I’m aware of what others are doing, but it’s more important about what we’re doing than worrying about others.
“We’ve had chances, we felt a referee sends one off and makes it very difficult, a keeper makes an unbelievable save in the last minute last week and you get a point instead of a win, and then here we’re in control and we give away a sloppy goal and a kind of edgy second one.
“They are the defining moments in football, the secret is to put those defining moments in your favour.
“We’ve done that generally so it’s more a frustration with that really.”