Gaffer's delight at Charlton victory
Sean Dyche hailed Burnley’s against-all-odds victory at the Valley as the biggest of his managerial career.
The Clarets were without a clutch of injured first-teamers, but showed skill, grit and determination to land all three points courtesy of Charlie Austin’s 25th goal of a remarkable season.
And Dyche, who also handed a debut to on-loan Fulham midfielder Alex Kacaniklic, was full of praise for his troops as they ended a six-game winless streak in style.
The Clarets boss insisted: “That’s the best win of my managerial career to date; not because of the run we’ve been on, but because we’ve had five key injuries, Kieran Trippier was ill in the night and nearly didn’t play and a debutant who only turned up at the hotel late on Friday night.
“I’ve asked the group to man up and they did that fantastically well. We played terrific football in the first half on a very poor pitch and then, in the second half, nothing could stop them.
“There were a number of poor decisions against us and a team constantly raining balls into our box, so to deal with that was terrific.”
Austin’s stunning strike two minutes before the break – his 70th league goal - proved decisive on a pudding of a pitch at The Valley.
And with Kacaniklic impressing on his debut and a young back four standing strong for a ninth clean sheet under Dyche’s management, the gaffer was understandably cock-a-hoop with the victory that sent the Clarets back into the top half of the Championship table.
“When you are having an awkward run things go against you and today everything did,” he said.
“We had a (first half) goal disallowed (Martin Paterson) that was not offside and some really poor decisions against us on that pitch.
“So to show all our qualities to win the game is fantastic and it was a goal worthy of winning any game.
“We have all been questioned recently and Charlie is no different. But he is a proven goalscorer; it’s as simple as that!
“I believe in all the players here and, for a player who is still only four seasons into his career – and only his second in the Championship - he has stood up again today, along with all the lads.
“But we have a young group. Two of that back four had played 25 games between them and lots fantastic to see them putting in that type of performance.
“We’ve got that monkey off our back and we’ve all felt that weirdness of having a little run without a win.
“But that’s gone now, so we can move forward, look to get our injured players back fit and regroup to be strong again.”