Charlie Taylor: Burnley players had meeting after Everton loss

Charlie Taylor
STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Charlie Taylor of Burnley arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Burnley defender Charlie Taylor believes the club are reaping the reward of talks held following their Boxing Day humbling at the hands of Everton.

Sean Dyche’s men were beaten 5-1 at Turf Moor by the Toffees, a result which left them in the Premier League bottom three and prompted staff and players to get together and resolve the problems.

Since then, Burnley have won three consecutive games and head into this weekend’s game against Fulham two points above the relegation zone.

Taylor feels there are signs the Clarets are getting back to their best.

“I think the Everton game was really the final straw for us,” he said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.

“We were way below our standards that day and it was a very poor performance and I think things needed to be said and people needed to stand up and be counted.”

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“Before the West Ham game we had a few meetings, we cleared the air, said what needed to be said, and we’ve looked back to ourselves over the last three games. We look like the Burnley of old and we’re all working hard for each other.”

“We weren’t as good as we needed to be in the first half of the season, we knew that, and we knew we needed to change it or we’d be in real danger. That’s helped and we’re moving in the right direction now.”

Asked what was said in the meetings, Taylor said: “People voiced their opinions of where we were going wrong, what we needed to improve on and how we were going to get out of the relegation zone.”

“It was about how we were going to get out of it, what needed to be done and thankfully we’ve improved so it’s worked.”

He added: “We’ve got a lot of big characters in the dressing room and they’ve helped. We’ve got a lot of players who’ve been there and done a lot in their careers. You need them to pull through and when times are hard people need to stand up and be counted.”