Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his players have copped a “reality” check after defeating to Tottenham.
Harry Kane’s brace and further goals from Heung-Mon Son, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko continued Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period on Saturday.
“It’s been a week of reality,” said Dyche. “We made two really big mistakes against Palace and got punished, Manchester City were too good for us and then today, again, that’s the reality of this league.
“There’s a massive gulf in the Premier League, so I’m not too despondent at the minute. If you catch these teams on a wrong day, you get hurt.
“You have to be right on the top of your game and maybe they’ll have a quiet one, or you get a decision goes your way.
“In the last two games that haven’t happened. We’ve caught two teams who are really hot, and we haven’t been as hot as we need to be.
“We didn’t really start with the edge you need, and I think they capitalized on pretty much every bad decision.
“We gave away the ball five times and they scored from all five counters. When you catch the top sides in that kind of mood, they can do that, but we have to read the situations better and react.”
Dyche added: “We knew they conceded goals, and even at 0-2 I felt we could still get at them and we had two golden chances.
“I’m not remotely saying they would have got us anything, but it could have given us a foothold and then you wonder.
“We’ve had a really tough week though and we are depleted at the minute. We have as many injuries to key players as I can remember, which doesn’t help.
“But onwards and upwards; that’s the way it is. We’ve done it before, and we have to continue doing it.”