Burnley are back in the Premier League bottom three after losing 5-0 to Man City at the Etihad for the fourth consecutive game.

The Clarets were one down early on and three behind at the break and Pep Guardiola's side also had two goals chalked off as they threatened to run riot.

Sean Dyche's men stuck to their task in the second half but never really threatened Ederson, save for one Jay Rodriguez effort, and West Brom's win over Sheffield United on Saturday night plunged the Clarets back into the bottom three ahead of a home game with Everton next weekend.

The Burnley boss admitted his side didn't turn up in the first 45 minutes and gave his thoughts on the Premier League relegation battle as well as reserving special praise for debutant Josh Benson who performed well in the Clarets midfield.

Here's everything Dyche had to say after the match.

How do you assess the game?

"You can't start the game with a game plan and then throw it out the window from a mistake that early.

"(For the second) they took a throw in nowhere near where it was meant to be but they were tuned in, were bright and they activated and scored a goal. You are 2-0 down and it is really tough then.

"They grow in confidence, use the ball so well and there was movement everywhere. It becomes a very tough afternoon which it was."

Was there a more positive aim with the side you picked?

"We have got injuries galore at the moment. We recovered then we got four or five more this week. so that has been tough to take.

"We manufactured a side which we thought could operate but we played into their hands.

"We know they are a really aggressive pressing side and e played a short pass which wasn't needed.

"We wanted to put it on top of them, play longer and get our three strikers inside their back four and we never did it.

"I expected more, particularly first half, from the group."

Did the second half provide some positives?

"You have to start the game well. 0-0 is when it is key and we have to go into the game with the right mentality which we normally do to be fair

"I thought it has been spot on in the last few weeks.

"I thought we were off it today. There was that back foot tendency and once you get that with these they smell it and they are really good at opening you up as we saw."

Can you brush that result off?

"We have been down this road before, there is no lack of effort or intention.

"We just made the wrong choices and the detail was far off where they were on Monday but is there a balance to that because we are playing a top side and they punish you. They did that today, some of it our own doing, but we know we are not playing these sort of sides every week.

"I must make it clear that the Premier League is tough whoever you play but when these sides are really on their game it becomes a difficult afternoon as it was today."

How tough is it in the Premier League now given the calibre of sides?

"Every year for me and the club is a restart. We don't always put the resources in to put you in a position to do what you would more call, and there are no guarantees, but every year you want to build and enhance your capability to be in the Premier League as a minimum.

"Last season we finished 10th but we were stretched and I didn't think for one minute that form over the last nine games was going to continue. Not because we are not capable but if we get that many injuries it is bound to affect you and it is definitely is affecting us.

"We haven't put the resources in, we know that, so that is a challenge.

"Just last week I was saying we were nearly there with injuries other than Corky and then unbelievably we get four injuries again this week.

"Hopefully they are not too serious and hopefully this week will be a chance for these players to get fit, as in properly fit and injury free. That will definitely benefit us.

"It is a challenge every season in the Premier League for us.

"You have got to recruit well and invest and we haven't done that and it makes the challenge more difficult and you add in injuries and it makes it even more difficult.

"It has been a difficult battle every year, we finished seventh and 10th and it was very difficult seasons. We have got it over the line and it is still difficult. There is no easy ride in the Premier League.

"There is a balance to knowing what the team can operate like - on Monday I thought we were very good and deserved a win - but today this one got away from us against an absolutely top side. That can happen."

A word on the debutants?

"It was hard for Bailey but to be honest the team has got to operate better than that in front of him, particularly first half.

"In the second half I think we lifted it a bit and we were slightly better and asked more questions of the opposition although they still scored two.

"It was a tough one for Bailey.

"But Josh Benson I thought was terrific, it is a very difficult game to come into anyway, very difficult when he is looking around him and finding his feet if you like although he has been training with us a long time.

"I thought Westy was really good next to him and supported him.

"I thought Josh gave a really good account of himself in a really tough game, never went under, kept going physically and kept going with the ball when he could.

"When we could get a little foothold in the game and little passages of play he secured the play and he should be really pleased with himself and I made sure he knew that at the end."

What's the injury situation?

"Johann, I spoke to him the other day, I still don't think he is free of his injuries and running free and with that power.

"I said that i wanted hi on the bench but that it was unlikely I was going to put him on because I needed him to get that training period under his belt when he can get into that real fitness and real sharpness, he is getting there.

"Josh Brownhill hurt his back and he has been going along very well for us.

"Bardo hurt his back, a twist, so he couldn't get involved.

"Corky is longer term and Brady has a hamstring injury.

"Popey has concussion, although there was a strange thing in the rules. You can drive in and out of the training ground in a car when you have had really mild concussion but you are not allowed to play a football match even though you are allowed to train so that was a bit peculiar.

"Maybe it is the stresses and the rigours of a game and I understand that. From a medical point of view there are rules and we have applied those rules to Popey for the right reasons but I am pretty sure he will be fit and well for next week.

"That amount of injuries, we just got back and nearly there, and lo and behold we lose two more yesterday.

"We had to change the shape and the way we looked in order to take the game on today."