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Dyche Takes The Positives

3 December 2013

Burnley boss Sean Dyche insisted he was taking the positives as his side were held to a frustrating home draw against Watford.

The Clarets maintained their nine-month unbeaten home record and moved back to within two points of the Championship summit – albeit dropping to third – following the first 0-0 draw since February.

Dyche, whose side failed to score for only the second time this season in the league, said: “I work in a positive manner. 

“I don’t see the point in doing anything else and there were lots of positives. 

“We have dominated a very good side, so there are really good signs of what we are about again and there’s no bad news for me. 

“There’s plenty of bad in here when people start getting on people for no reason.

“I don’t understand it and it’s new to me. We’re third in the league and have just gone a point closer to the top and yet people are ironically cheering at players. 

“I don’t understand that, but I have got to get used to it. I’ve been here a year and it’s part of the make-up!”

Dyche, who was without injured 15-goal Danny Ings (ankle), midfielder Dean Marney (groin) and defender Michael Duff (suspended), added: “It’s interesting. 

“We knew these challenges might come our way and we were down to the squad at its minimum tonight. 

“But the good side of that is Stevie Hewitt gets on and it’s fantastic for him to get on the pitch tonight. 

“Cameron Dummigan has got a feel of it along with Cammy Howieson, so there are some really good things about our squad and one is young players getting a feel for what it’s all about.

On Ings’ absence for the first time this season, the Clarets boss insisted: “Why wouldn’t you miss Danny?

“The lad is on fire and scoring goals and he and Sam (Vokes) have proven to be a real handful together.

“He is getting better and we are hopeful the ankle will settle down and he’s got a chance for Saturday.

“We’ll see how that settles down but let’s be fair, just because Watford are not going as strong as they were last year doesn’t mean they are not a good side. 

“They have got some really, really good players there, but we dominated large parts of that game and just quite find the cutting edge. 

“But let’s face it. We have found that a lot this season.”

He added: “That was a dominant first half and we created a number of chances. Their keeper made a great save from Scott Arfield.

“In the second half the first 20 minutes levelled and then I thought we finished really strong, as we have a tendency to do. 

“But we’ve had to make a lot of changes tonight and I thought the lads applied themselves very well and tonight we moved a point closer to the top, which is nice for us.”

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