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Ton-Up In Top Tier For Dyche

Clarets boss prepares for 100th game as manager in Premier League

19 January 2018

Sean Dyche will lead the Clarets for the 100th time in a Premier League game when his side takes on Manchester United at a sold-out Turf Moor on Saturday.

Dyche celebrated five years as Burnley manager at the end of October.

And he reaches a century of games in the top-flight as the second longest serving manager in the Premier League, behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.

“I’m pleased with that and particularly pleased that it’s part of Burnley Football Club,” Dyche said.

“We’ve managed as a group, through dual chairmen when I started and now a single chairman in Mike (Garlick), the board, two chief executives I’ve worked with, the staff and the players.

“They have all played a part in getting where we’ve got to.

“It’s not easy to be in the Premier League, for a starter, and then to have 100 games, I’m very pleased with that on behalf of everyone.”

United manager Jose Mourinho also opposed Sean Dyche in his first Premier League game in charge, when Chelsea were the visitors to Turf Moor

Dyche is in his third season of Premier League management, having led the Clarets to two promotions during his time in office.

Beating the 20-times champions would be a memorable way to mark his latest landmark but Dyche says this occasion is being treated no differently.

“Winning in the Premier League is a marvellous thing, because it’s not easy to do,” he added.

“And if you win games against the super-power clubs then, of course, it’s a feather in the cap of the club – not myself as manager, but the group and the fans – everyone enjoys that.

“But you don’t go into each game hoping for that. You go into each game wanting to perform and wanting to win, no matter who you are playing.”

Dyche admits the unforgiving nature of the Premier League has been the most telling factor of his time in the top tier.

After relegation at his first attempt, the former Watford boss steered the Clarets to safety last term and they now sit seventh in the table.

That’s despite a current run of six league games without a win – something Dyche is keeping in perspective ahead of the visit of second-placed United, who only denied the Clarets victory four games ago with a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.  

“A game and a run can twist very quickly and you have to navigate that,” said Dyche, whose side had won six of their eight matches ahead of a goalless draw at Brighton on 16 December which launched the current winless run.

“This is the first spell we’ve had. If you look, every single other club, other than the top six and ourselves, have had various spells like we’ve just had.

“Some, who are struggling a little bit down at the bottom, have had three or four spells.

“That’s how difficult the Premier League is. To think we weren’t going to have one all season is highly unlikely and improbable.

“You want to guard against that and you want to have a spell where you are having results all the time.

Steven Defour's stunning free-kick gave the Clarets a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford

"But it’s very difficult in the Premier League and that’s why I look beyond that and say you’ve got to have everything in context.

“You’ve got to have your injuries, suspensions, the opposition, you’ve got to have decisions. You have to have it all in the same pot and then make a view of it.

“That doesn’t mean you accept it, but there has to be a bigger picture view.

“The margins are so narrow. When we had a really good run I said the margins were tight and we were on the right side of them. We’ve been on the right side of them a lot. We want to get back to doing that.”

The Clarets will again be without strikers Chris Wood and Jon Walters, while defender Stephen Ward is also not ready to return.

However, Scott Arfield is expected to be back in the squad after missing two games with a hamstring strain.

United, who have won just once in three Premier League visits to Turf Moor, will not have Alexis Sanchez in their ranks.

The Arsenal forward is expected to move to Old Trafford but no deal was done before midday on Friday to make him eligible to play.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to be part of that transfer, and so will not be in the United squad either, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

Wideman Ashley Young is available again after completing a three-match ban, but defender Daley Blind joins Michael Carrick, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the sidelines.

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Burnley 0 Manchester United 1

Sean Dyche's 100th Premier League game as manager ends in narrow defeat

20 January 2018

Sean Dyche was denied the chance to celebrate his 100th game as a Premier League manager with a win as Manchester United ground out a narrow victory through Anthony Martial’s second-half strike.

One again the Burnley boss saw his side compete with one of the division’s heavyweights as they continue to test the best the top tier has to offer.

But United’s one moment of class in a performance that matched the colour of their grey shirts for steel, rather than flair, was enough to give Mourinho’s side the victory that still keeps them as nominal title challengers.

Martial coolly slotted home the first of only two efforts on target from the visitors, who were then pushed all the way by the Clarets but had the nous - and the spoiling tactics - to help David De Gea keep a fifth successive clean sheet and a 14th in the league this season to safeguard the points.

Turf Moor remembered the Burnley supporters who passed away in 2017 and former England striker Cyrille Regis following his death at the age of 59

Dyche had also faced Mourinho in his first top-flight match as manager when the Portuguese was in charge at Chelsea at the start of another title-winning campaign.

He is yet to repeat the trick with United and his side’s slim hopes of catching Manchester City at the top of the table could ill afford a setback at Turf Moor.

History was on their side, with the Clarets having won only one of the previous 24 meetings between the two clubs.

But Dyche’s side was only minutes away from improving that record on Boxing Day when an injury-time equaliser from Jesse Lingard denied the Clarets all three points.

That was the last time De Gea had conceded a goal when he was beaten by Steven Defour's epic free-kick, and again United were pushed all the way as this Burnley side looked to mirror the achievement of the class of 2009 who beat the then-champions to record a first Premier League victory.

Robbie Blake’s famous winner still gave him the status as the only Burnley player to score against United in nine visits to Turf Moor.

But he was almost joined at the 10th attempt on a number of occasions during a first half in which the Clarets again more than matched their big-spending visitors.

James Tarkowski – a United supporter as a boy – headed wide an early free-kick from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, with defensive partner Ben Mee doing likewise from a Gudmundsson corner later in the half.

Gudmundsson tested De Gea, but not with sufficient power to trouble the United keeper following an excellent counter-attacking move.

And it also took a fine tackle from England defender Phil Jones to stop Ashley Barnes pulling the trigger after the fit-again Scott Arfield, whose return was the only change to Burnley’s starting line-up, and the impressive Jeff Hendrick worked the opening.

United, unbeaten in their last seven games, got little joy out of the Clarets’ defence at the other end, Paul Pogba lifting an effort over the top and Ashley Young curling a shot just wide two minutes before the break from their best opening.

But like most of the top teams, United needed just one chance to make the difference and nine minutes after the break they went in front – seemingly from nothing.

Romelu Lukaku’s show of strength on half-way allowed him to break clear and pick out Martial with a sweeping pass and the finish from the France international was top-class as he steered a shot into the top corner for his 11th goal of the season.

The visitors took an eternity before Burnley were able to re-start the contest and then used every opportunity to run down the clock as they looked to prevent Dyche's men from building any sustained momentum.

But the Clarets responded superbly to the setback as they looked find an equaliser and keep alive the hope of a first win in seven league games.

A free-kick just outside the penalty area gave Defour the chance to reprise his moment of magic at Old Trafford. But this time it was Gudmundsson who took responsibility and the Icelander was unlucky to see his effort clip the top of the crossbar.

The Clarets’ winger was instrumental in most of the Clarets’ most threatening moments and after seeing a goalbound header blocked by Chris Smalling he then sent a low cross skidding across the face of goal, with Tarkowski just unable to get a touch following a deflection off Smalling.

With 10 minutes to go, Dyche sent on on-loan winger GK Nkoudou and Sam Vokes to try and add an extra cutting edge and the move almost paid off.

Nkoudou's extra pace stretched the visitors' defence, while Vokes immediately provided an aerial threat as United were forced to defend in numbers and play on the counter-attack, Nick Pope saving from Martial to keep the Clarets in the hunt.

Dyche’s men gave absolutely everything to try and get some reward for their efforts and after Vokes had nodded wide under pressure even threw Pope forward for an injury-time corner.

But they couldn’t find a way through - drawing a blank in front of goal for the third time in four league games - as United grimly hung on to a victory where the value was in the points not the performance.

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Arfield (Nkoudou 81), Hendrick (Vokes 81), Barnes (Wells 89). Substitutes: Lindegaard, Lowton, Westwood, Long.

Booked: Mee, Bardsley

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Lingard (Rashford 79), Mata (Fellaini 72), Martial (Herrera 90+3), Lukaku. Substitutes: Romero, Rojo, Shaw, McTominay.

Booked: Pogba, Matic, Rashford.

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 21,841

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