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Dyche Proud Of Team Spirit

17 November 2012

Gaffer's reaction to controversial Charlton defeat

Sean Dyche insisted he was proud of his 10-man battlers following the controversial home defeat to Charlton.

The Clarets were forced to play 75 minutes with a numerical disadvantage after Kieran Trippier’s early dismissal for handling a Rob Hulse shot on the goal line.

Danny Haynes late goal eventually broke down the Clarets’ resistance - but Dyche felt the standing ovation by supporters at full time was an appreciation of the effort put in by his players.

He said: “I think it (the penalty) is a harsh one. The letter of the law now is tough, but I have looked at it again and I think it’s ball to hand. Kieran hasn’t reached out for it. 

“He has just recovered his position on the line and has his arms by his side. They are tough calls and you get away with them now and again, but the ref made the decision and the debate goes on and on about those sort of moments in games.

“They got theirs and we didn’t when the keeper stepped out of the box in the second half and caught one.

“But those things aside it’s important that we focus on what we do and the players here are beginning to show some of the things that will help us and make us stronger.

“There is a big future in performances like that, make no mistake.”

Dyche, who insisted he may consider an appeal, added: “We were probably playing against more than just the opposition today, for different reasons, but I felt the players were fantastic.

“I felt we more than worked hard and there are so many positives.

“It’s strange to stay that after losing 1-0, but I think the fans giving the players a standing ovation is a sign of respect for what they have seen today.

“I told the lads afterwards I wasn’t just proud of the spirit. I was proud of the way they played. 

“We talked about pride and passion and spirit when I came because I know the fans here want to see that.

“We want that mix and for today’s game we controlled large parts of the game with 10 v 11, which is a good sign for me.

“The players are laying down markers at the moment and not only as individuals to make sure they are staying in the team, but the feel of the group and how it works. 

“That’s a real positive to me!”

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