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Dyche On Momentous Night At Anfield

January 21, 2021

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Sean Dyche hailed a fabulous night as brilliant Burnley inflicted a first defeat on Liverpool in 68 games at Anfield.

The Clarets put in a defensive masterclass to restrict the champions to precious few openings before Ashley Barnes’ penalty eight minutes from time meant the Clarets went one better than last season’s result on Merseyside.

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And Dyche pointed to the inner belief of his players as key to Burnley’s first at Anfield since 1974.

“It’s a great result, without a shadow of a doubt,” purred the Clarets boss.

“We’ve given a good account of ourselves here in recent seasons and we’ve put in another massive shift.

“This is a motivated group of people. It’s not just about one player; it’s about a whole team who were very diligent in their shape and organisation.

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“They have that inner belief that it takes, even when you are defending it out. It still needs belief and a collective spirit and attitude – and we did have moments.

“A tremendous amount of effort has to go into performances at places like this because you know you are playing a top side who are going to keep the ball and are going to probe and ask questions of you defensively.

“But we’ve kept them down to only a few good chances.

“There are things we can still do better; we know that, but it’s not easy coming to places like this.

“We stayed on it and Barnesy wriggled free to get a penalty - and it’s almost an impossibility to get as few as we do - and puts it away very well.”

The crucial goal came when Barnes reacted first to Matt Lowton’s looping header into the box from a half clearance, and drew a foul from the onrushing Alisson.

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Barnes duly stepped up to register his 100th career goal and cap a momentous night.

“Loads of things have to go for you; a couple of blocks and a few breaks when things don’t quite land for them,” added Dyche.

“But that belief is something we’ve never lacked. Maybe the moments of quality in the final third, but we’ve come a long way, with 17 points from the last 10.

“We take a few knocks along a season, but we’ve become pretty resilient to meet these sort of challenges - and that shows we have belief.

“We did all the basics very well and kept our shape very well and found the moment.

“We’ve had to fight for absolutely everything we’ve got and earned a nice victory.”

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