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Dyche Dumbfounded at City Draw

22 December 2012

Clarets boss adamant team must earn own luck

Sean Dyche was left dumbfounded after a dominant display at Birmingham could only earn a fourth draw in five games.

The Clarets came from behind at half time to lead through Danny Ings and Ross Wallace strikes before Nikola Zigic stole a point for the Blues with an 89th minute leveller.

And after creating a hatful of chances – especially in the opening 20 minutes of the game – Dyche admitted his side now need to start turning their dominance into wins.

The Burnley boss said: “Again we can’t believe we haven’t won that game and by the law of averages it has to change when you are as dominant as that.


“It’s the madness of the game and with the run of draws we are on we can’t believe we haven’t got more points on the board.

“But I have just said to the lads that we now go even harder because we have to earn and force our own luck.

“We are not having the rub of the green, but the signs are clear and the fans, who were tremendous again today, have seen another very thorough performance from a group of very motivated players.

“They are feeling it too and they can’t it, but at the end of the day we are so close to winning football matches.”

Curtis Davies 30th minute header gave City the lead after the visitors carved out six good chances in the opening quarter hour.

But Ings’ first strike of the season with a smart finish just after the hour mark was the catalyst for a turnaround in fortunes that led to Wallace’s stunning free kick minutes later.

Dyche added: “In the first 15 minutes there were seven chances and at half time I didn’t lay into them.

“There was a collective calmness and I just asked them to keep playing and passing and in the end we got our rewards.

“It might even have been 3-1 because the referee apologised to me at the end and said he should have let play go on after a really bad challenge on Kieran Trippier, seconds before Charlie headed in.

“But at 2-1 we were looking good value for the win and a small error leads to the goal.

“There is a future in those performances though and they have been consistent ones too.”

He added: “Three of the last four games have been very dominant displays and it’s a tough pill to swallow because when you are defensively more sound people say you are not scoring as many goals.

“The real Burnley fans, the team any I all know that’s not the case. We are keeping it reasonably quiet at one end and creating a bag full of chances at the other end.

“That’s the right way to go about it and you can’t even resist the temptation to lick your lips thinking that, at some point, that domination and level of performance is going to be enough to win games.

“There are very good signs here and we just have to turn those draws into wins, that’s all.”

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