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Dyche High as A Kight

7 December 2013

Sean Dyche felt his side overcame a tough test against Barnsley after victory against a team with nothing to lose.

Burnley climbed back to the top of the Championship after Michael Kightly’s 65th minute goal was enough to see off bottom club Barnsley at Turf Moor.

That was also enough to maintain the Clarets nine-month unbeaten home league record.

And Dyche was delighted with his players’ efforts in extending their recent run to just one defeat in 15 Championship games.

He said: “In the end it’s a well-earned victory and it’s brilliant for everyone, especially for the community of Burnley.

“It’s very difficult to win as many games as we have, especially at home where we have been consistent since last March.

“That is outstanding and it’s interesting because there was still a bit of impatience today from the crowd. 

“I am getting to learn about our crowd. They have seen some brilliant things here this season, so it’s important they allow the players that freedom to play.

“It’s a shifting tide, a shift in mentality and a shift in expectation.

“I must make it clear the fans are good in general. Today there was just that little impatience when we had a group out there working very hard.

“It’s not easy to beat teams at this level, especially teams like Barnsley today.

“I said to the players afterwards that toughest fight you will ever have is one against someone with nothing to lose.

“That was the case today. Barnsley came here and played with nothing to lose and everything to gain and we had to deal with a first half in which they played well.

“We were slightly below the levels we’ve set, but as ever our framework got us a clean sheet. Tom (Heaton) had one big save in the first half when he was called upon, which he has a habit of doing.

“I gave them a bit of a war cry if I am honest and that’s unusual for me. It was just to jolt them and remind them how good they are and what we are trying to build here.

“There is a fantastic group in there with an honest endeavour and it was just taking the shackles off.

“In the second half we turned up the gas, got better and better and stronger and ran over them at times and it was a moment of real quality that won it from Michael.

“We know he has that quality and he has delivered it today to earn us the win.”

Dyche welcomed back top scorer Danny Ings and defender Michael Duff for the game, with Dean Marney - now close to a return – just missing out.

And after surrendering top spot a week ago with a defeat at Huddersfield, amid a run of five league games without a win, the Clarets again sit top of the tree with Christmas approaching.

Dyche added: “We know what we are achieving here and I know how we are achieving it. 

“There’s still more to come and I thought we showed great signs of that again today in the second half.

“It’s a tough ask in any game and it’s an interesting one today again people have been saying we were on a mini-slump.

“Going from first to third and back to third is a pretty impressive mini-slump and certainly the best I’ve been on!

“You don’t get everything your own way in this league, but in most of the games we’ve drawn we’ve been pretty dominant. 

“We just had that one blip at Huddersfield, when we didn’t play well. 

“But we know when we are playing well we can beat teams. It’s the results in games when you are not at your best that are the ones that are important over a Championship season 

“Today we found a way to win and that’s an important attribute to have.”

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