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Dyche Full Of Christmas Cheer

21 December 2013

Gaffer's post match reaction to Blackpool victory

Sean Dyche delivered a message of thanks to players and fans after watching the Clarets go top of the Championship at Christmas.

Goals early in each half from Danny Ings – his 17th of the season – and Scott Arfield’s sublime winner ensured Burnley leapfrogged QPR and Leicester to return to the summit.

And with just two defeats in 21 games and a 10-month unbeaten home league run forming the backbone of the club’s best start to a season in over a century, Dyche insisted there was plenty of to cheer this festive season.

He said: “It’s fair to say this is as very unforgiving and challenging division and you can’t just go into a season thinking you are going to fly up the table. 

“But once we got into the nitty-gritty of pre-season there was a real energy to the group and a real feeling of no excuses and no fear.

“People forget we were ever so sharp in pre-season and we have carried that on.

“The players deserve a tremendous amount of credit for that. I’ll say again it’s only so far, and of course I am going to enjoy it, but we have responsibility to keep performing and showing our quality.

“It’s important to remember we are still a work in progress and we keep trying to find the one per cent’s in order to keep successful and to keep winning.

“The fans can add to that. I’ve mentioned in the last couple of weeks to ask them to stay behind the team and give the players the energy. 

“It does help and I thought they did that today. There was a nice feeling in the stadium and the players responded to that.

“The epitome of our performance today was when Dean Marney ran 40 yards to close someone down and the crowd erupted. 

“The one thing I guaranteed when I got here is they will see a group of players giving everything and sweat on the shirt.

“We’ve got much more than that, of course, but it still has to be glued together with the collective heart and desire to do well and I think that moment showed all we are.”

Ings’ seventh minute opener, from a training ground routine, was quickly cancelled out by Craig Cathcart’s firm header for Pool in the 15th minute.

But Arfield’s wonderful winner 70 seconds after the break, his fifth of the season, was a goal worthy of winning any game.

 Dyche added: “For us, as staff, it’s very pleasing when something that you work on comes off so well and it was a great finish from Danny.

“Then we conceded a poor goal from our point of view, but Scott has made a great habit of being in the right place at the right time.

“He has endless energy and real quality and we enjoy the work he is putting in for the team and he’s an important factor. 

“He adds so much to the performances and when he scores goals like that it’s just a reward for all the ugly stuff he is willing to do for the team.”

Dyche, whose side have now lost just once in 17 league games, added: “It’s hard to dominate a game of football because teams don’t make it easy for you.

“Blackpool had a little patch, but we always looked dangerous and I felt we looked back to what we’ve been about all season.

“I felt the energy and application was there, maybe in pockets first half, which I thought was pretty even. 

“But in the second half we started off fantastically well with a sublime goal from Scott and I felt we built on that.

“There was some absolute quality football and I felt we were well worthy of the win and the three points.”

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