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Dyche Happy With Latics Point

30 December 2013

Sean Dyche was delighted as his players earned a valuable point against what he believes is the best squad in the division.

David Jones came closest to ending the stalemate at the DW Stadium with a first half shot that cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar.

And with Tom Heaton emerging without making a save of note, Clarets boss Dyche insisted he was happy with the day’s work.



He said: “It’s an excellent point against what I believe is the best squad of players in this division, bought for millions.

“It’s a real high quality group of players and everyone is probably scratching their heads as to where they are.

“Look at the players out there, those on the bench and those who didn’t even make it, so you have to bear that in mind.

“They had that new manager syndrome, which happens. Suddenly, players find extra fitness and an extra yard of pace from somewhere. 

“That’s a strange one for us managers and not enjoyable when you see a group of players who weren’t at it, suddenly doing it.

“We had to be aware of that and we were, so to come here and put in that type of tactical performance is pleasing.

“We weren’t as good with the ball and never really broke out of our tactical shape to play, but Tom (Heaton) hasn’t had a save to make and that’s a really good sign about the resilience, belief and tactical framework of the side.”

Dyche, who revealed Ben Mee could not be risked with a thigh strain that has now kept him sidelined for two games, added: “How David Jones didn’t score is amazing and that would have opened up the game. 

“But I could always feel this was a tactical game and I was only really marginally disappointed that we didn’t break from our shape.

“But to come here and have our keeper not make a save and get a point is excellent. 

“It’s rare I accept a point, because I usually like all three, but sometimes you have to be realistic with the challenge.”


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