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Dyche: We're On The Cusp

15 December 2012

Gaffer left frustrated after third draw in four games

Sean Dyche insisted Burnley are on the cusp of turning draws into victories following a share of the spoils with former club Watford.


The Clarets have now drawn three of their last four games after Charlie Austin’s 22 goal from the season from the penalty spot cancelled out Nathaniel Chabolah’s early opener.


And after finding visiting keeper Manuel Almunia in top form, Dyche was again left wondering what might have been.


The Burnley boss said: “I think it’s fair to say we are very unfortunate not to have won the game.


“The manner of the way we went about our business again today, after a very dominant performance against Blackburn, was terrific.


“We created more than enough chances to win the game and Almunia has made several very good saves.


“It just sticks in your throat because you end up wondering how many more games you can dominate and play well, and not win.


“We are right on the cusp of it, but it’s important that we go that extra yard to make sure we do that.”

Dean Marney is fouled for the penalty 

Former Arsenal stopper Almunia saved well from Kieran Trippier, Charlie Austin and a stoppage time bullet header from substitute Sam Vokes to earn the Hornets a point


Dyche added: “Yet again our fans were excellent in their backing and support because they see there are really positive signs here.


“You just feel we are right on the edge of really hurting someone, particularly here at home.


“The madness of the game is that you can sometimes be nowhere near as dominant and win.


“But I know which way I would rather have it and that’s playing well and creating chances because over time that will definitely pay you back.


“You have to think if we keep doing that we will win plenty of football matches.”


Dyche handed Irish defender Kevin Long his first Burnley start against Gianfranco Zola’s side, also promoting David Edgar into a midfield role and recalling Danny Ings for his first start of the season.


Keith Treacy also made his first appearance since August as a late substitute.


The gaffer explained: “It’s important that we look at the squad and believe in the squad. Kevin has been out playing lower league football and has trained very well and is showing signs of development and we thought it was a very good chance for him today.

Kevin Long in action


“We made a couple of tactical changes and I felt they all delivered very good performances on the whole.


“I am not one for rotation. The modern thinking is that players can’t play that many games. I’m not so sure myself.


But what I am an advocate of is making sure that players, when they are ready to play, get their chance and I felt the lads who came in today were ready and did well.”

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