Gaffer takes positives from Turf stalemate
Sean Dyche insisted the disappointment at not closing the gap on sixth placed Middlesbrough was a positive to take from the Turf Moor stalemate.
The Clarets boss admitted to a “tinge of frustration” as his side dominated against a defensive-minded Boro’ side looking to arrest a miserable run of six successive away defeats.
But that was tempered by the fact the Clarets remain in the mix – and can take confidence from their controlled display.
Dyche said: “We’re frustrated in the outcome but not in the performance.
“We were very patient in our play and tried to open up a team who came here fault committed to defend.
“We played some good football and controlled a lot of the game, but we just lacked that clinical edge that you need in a game.
“We have been good at putting chances away overall and tonight just wasn’t to be.
“But there was a solidity and composure about us and we looked more like what we are about.
“The biggest thing is it shows just how far we have come that we are left with a feeling of slight disappointment.
“We have just played a team who have been in the top six all season and with a lot of good players.
“We’ve got a clean sheet and dominated the game, so that tells a story.
“I think it’s important to note that we have come on that journey and the disappointment is appropriate because we are thirst and hungry to get better and improve.”
Dyche, whose side could have climbed to within four points of Boro with a game in hand, added: “The main thing about tonight is it was important not to lose the game.
“We want that gap closing, not opening and I don’t feel we can say it’s a missed opportunity.
“We have to be realistic against the opposition we are playing. There is a tinge of disappointment, but we have come a long way and we were an inch or a twist away from winning the game.
“Trust me, if we had won the game 1-0, the whole feel would be one of saying we moved the ball well, dominated, mixed it up and deserved it.
“That’s how important goals can be.”
Dyche revealed that Ross Wallace and Danny Ings missed the game with knee and hamstring injuries respectively, but does not expect either player to be sidelined for long.