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Dyche: Our Cup is Half Full

11 August 2013

Clarets boss overjoyed at end of good week

SEAN Dyche insisted Burnley is a good place to be following the hard-fought away win at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Clarets have overcome the loss of last season’s top scorer, Charlie Austin, to pick up four points in two games after winning their first away league game for the first time since 2006, courtesy of goals from Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.

And after ending a good week on a high,  following the opening day draw with Bolton and a 4-0 Capital One Cup win in midweek , the Burnley boss admitted he was delighted at the players’ response in the opening week of the campaign.

He said: “I have made it clear since I have been here, the cup here at Burnley is half full.

“A lot of people seem to want it to be half empty, but there are a lot of good things going on at Burnley Football Club and it’s just that we have to work according to what we are and what we have.

“There are good signs out there, so I always look at the cup being half full.

“The fact is this is a great opportunity for people. I said at the start that someone needs to be their version, or the next version of Charlie Austin.

“Ingsy has set his marker down and said ‘I’ll have a go for you and score some goals’.

“Sam has also scored today and I must say I was very impressed with his performance as a big, strong target man.

“There is a really good feel about the group and a lot of honesty in that dressing room and at the club.

“But it is a work in progress and we can’t just sit back and watch things happen. We have to be ready for what is to come and we are.”

The Clarets roared into a 2-0 half time lead courtesy of headers from  Ings – his eighth goal in seven games – and Vokes.

David Prutton set up a nervy finish with a terrific header of his own 20 minutes from time. But the Clarets stood strong in a late aerial barrage to earn their first win of the season.

Dyche added: “Strangely enough, I thought in the first half we were 2-0 up without quite being where we have been with our performances.

“There were moments of quality, but I felt we turned over possession a bit cheaply.

“But Danny has a nice habit of keeping scoring and Sam has got his first goal too. What a great habit that is to get your two strikers on target and there were plenty of good things happening.

“We expected a reaction at half time and Dave (Jones) has a side that is tough to play against.

“They get it in there early and make things tough for you. You have to get a first contact in the box because it comes in there a lot, and we did that throughout  the second half.

“They are a strong, physical side and you have to stand up to that. Today we did but I must say, it should have been 3-0 because there is a very blatant hand ball.

“If the referee gives that and it’s game over. Instead, they nick one soon after and the whole feel of the stadium changes.

“Tom (Heaton) made a massive double save and I told him that’s as important as scoring a winning goal.

“Goalkeepers don’t get a lot of praise and centre halves don’t get a lot for winning 99 per cent of headers, but I appreciate all the ugly things our team do and I am really pleased overall.

“That’s three good results in a week and we have put in a lot of effort. We deserved the win today, that’s for sure, but it was really hard fought and hard-earned in the end.”

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