Gaffer delighted with Treacy's impact
Sean Dyche formally welcomed Keith Treacy back into the fold after the Irish winger helped the Clarets kick-start 2013 in winning fashion.
Treacy came off the bench to score his first goal in 16 months in the convincing New Year’s Day victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
And Clarets boss Dyche was full of praise for the way the wide-man has forced himself back into the first team frame following a breakdown in working relationship with former manager Eddie Howe.
The gaffer said: “Everyone has a challenge in life and Keith has his own.
“I made it quite clear that I was interested in him first and football second. But you have to earn the right.
“I also made it clear I wanted to work with him, but there is a culture we set and you have to want to be a part of that. If you don’t, then at some point you will leave the building.
“He wanted to be part of that and he has responded.
“Before today I made it clear that I didn’t want him to be despondent that he’d played (on Saturday) and them come out of the side to start.
“His journey back is about him, not just us and he has gone on and delivered today.
“He is getting fitter and more aligned with that we are trying to achieve here and what the group are trying to achieve and I thought he showed that today.
“Nobody has ever doubted Keith’s ability. It is just whether he will do the things that make a team work – and today that was on show without a shadow of a doubt.
“The way he is going about his business I think it’s clear that he wants it again and that’s a tremendous message for everyone concerned.”
Treacy’s 64th minute finish – a low drive from 25 yards – was just reward for Burnley’s dominance against a side that had not conceded a goal in 430 minutes.
Ross Wallace’s penalty – in the absence of injured top scorer Charlie Austin – then set the seal on a polished performance.
Dyche added: “That was a very thorough performance – perhaps the most complete since I’ve been here.
“We had to tinker with the formation and made changes for different reasons.
“We had a few important players missing and the challenge today was for those coming in to deliver performance and for the team to deliver a performance.
“For the most part, after a soft first 15 minutes, I felt we controlled the game.
“You do wonder if it is going to be another of those days where you dominate and don’t get anything.
“But we were playing a team that had three wins and a draw and hadn’t conceded a goal in that time, so you don’t just come here and roll them over.
“You have to earn it and I felt we did that.”