Winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson was highly critical of Burnley’s below par performance at the Hawthorns and accepts that lessons will have to be learned if they’re to upset the apple cart against Manchester City.
For the second time in as many years the Clarets were beaten 4-0 by West Brom in the Midlands which brought a halt to their three-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
In front of the Sky Sports cameras, playing at a stadium where they hadn’t beaten the Baggies since 1969, Sean Dyche’s side were chasing a two-goal deficit after a quarter-of-an-hour as Matt Phillips and James Morrison capitalised on some loose defending from the visitors.
Tony Pulis’s men added a third before the interval when captain Darren Fletcher tapped home unmarked at the back post when picked out by Phillips while Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon completed the scoring just after the hour.
“We didn’t play well enough, especially in the first half,” said the Icelandic international. “Everything was too slow and when we lost the ball they seemed to score when they wanted.
“It was definitely not good enough from us.
“They had their shape and that’s how they like to play and we didn’t ask enough questions of them.
“When we lost the ball they just counter-attacked, got two goals very quickly and then the third goal killed the game.
“It was a tough first half. The second half was a little bit better but it was just way too late.”
While Burnley’s away form has been far from acceptable, with 13 goals shipped in five outings in the top flight, their displays at Turf Moor have provided much more scope for optimism.
The Clarets inflicted Liverpool’s only loss of the campaign so far before adding the scalps of Watford, Everton and Crystal Palace.
And Gudmundsson is expecting his team-mates to maintain that form as they look for a repeat of the game in March last year where George Boyd’s goal secured victory.
“We need to pick ourselves up,” he said. “It’s a massive game next weekend and hopefully we can get some points from that.
“This was definitely our worst game of the season.
“It’s tough to take but this is football and we have to keep going.
“We also need to learn from our mistakes.
“We know what we did wrong and we just need to fix that and hopefully we will be all right next weekend.
“They are a fantastic team. But we have shown against good teams we can play really well, so we will do that next weekend, definitely.”