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Dyche Hails Never-Say-Die Spirit

30 March 2013

Dyche delighted at draw away to former club

Sean Dyche hailed his players never-say-die spirit after the Clarets threw a spanner in former club Watford’s promotion push.

Substitute Sam Vokes smashed a stoppage time equaliser after Burnley had twice conceded the lead and trailed to Gianfranco Zola’s Hornets.

And boss Dyche felt it was a deserved draw away to a team who saw their hopes of moving back into an automatic promotion spot dashed at the death.

Dyche said: “Overall I felt we deserved that in a really crazy game.

“Looking at the team Watford have, they can score goals but we also feel we have goals in us.

“In the first half today we played with a freedom and intent and I just felt we could score every time we got in their box.

“We had a couple of mistakes at the back, but we have some young lads in there and they are learning as they go.

“We also had to deal with Michael Duff going down with a calf strain just before the game and Kevin Long had to step in as a young man learning his trade.

“I’m reasonably happy though. In the first half we took the game to them and in the second half I was a bit frustrated. We gave the ball away too many times and you can’t do that against at places like this, with the players they have.

“But we are building a mentality and the mentality was fantastic. The lads kept going and in the end they got their rewards with an absolute sublime finish from Sam.”

Vokes finish came at the end of a thrill-a-minute game that saw Charlie Austin twice give Burnley the lead in the opening half, only to be pegged back on both occasions by Troy Deeney and Fernando Forestieri.

Argentine-born Forestieri then thought had grabbed the winner with a classy third mid-way through the second half before the late double substitution of Vokes and Martin Paterson paid off.

Dyche added: “We went for it with three centre forwards and wanting to get them on the back foot. 

“I always believe the law of one more chance and sure enough Sam slots it home!

“The main thing though is the manner in which we are going about our business. I enjoy that. 

“We know we can play better, but there is a former feel and toughness to the group and, as we showed today, we keep going to get our rewards.

“We have to keep moving forwards and we are building something here. It takes time, but there are good signs of the mentality we are looking for.” 

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