The gaffer has stats to back up the Clarets' new-found confidence
Sean Dyche felt Burnley ran out worthy winners after his classy Clarets clipped the wings of the high-flying Eagles’ promotion push.
minute winner was the difference against Palace as Burnley made it three wins in four league games – and a clean sheet in each of those victories.stJunior Stanislas’ exquisite 81
And Dyche was adamant that despite finding a new-found mean streak in defence, the Clarets continue to carve out enough chances to win games.
He said: “I am delighted with the win against high-quality opposition who are going very well and have players who are being talked about in millions of pounds.
“We put in a very good performance and found a way to win again, which is very important.
“We were very good in the first half and dominant in our play, with some sublime moves at times.
“We just couldn’t find that goal we needed. They came out in the second half and had a go – they have to because have some attacking prowess with the players they have.
“We lost our way for 10 or 15 minutes, but regained it and you must find a way to win and we did with a moment of real quality from Junior.
“Everyone was anxious about his delay, but it’s a great finish and I have to say it’s great work by Danny Ings beforehand.
“We tell the players not to give things up and that was the reward.”
Dyche, who analysed the Clarets’ attacking and defensive statistics ahead of the game, added: “That’s three clean sheets out of the last four and there are some good signs here.
“I spoke to the players on Friday and aligned them with the stats. They showed that we were conceding 2.2 goals every game and now that’s down to 0.85.
“But at the other end we are just making one chance less than we were early season.
“We were making 15 and now it’s 14.
“We had 7.8 on target, on average, and now it’s seven.
“The difference is the moment of truth when the ball hits the net. They were taking 1.8 chances and we’ve been taking about one.
“There is this perception that we have become tight at one end not creative enough at the other.
“But it’s quite simply statistically not true. Stats can’t lie and that’s why they are used because perception can mislead people.
“The belief in this team and the way they are going about it and working for each other tells me we are going in the right direction.”