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Dyche Delight At City Ground Draw

23 November 2013

Sean Dyche declared himself delighted at the hard-fought point at Nottingham Forest that kept his side flying high at the top of the Championship.

The Clarets extended their unbeaten league run to 12 games after Sam Vokes 28th minute penalty – his 10th of the campaign - was cancelled out by Simon Cox’s first half equaliser.

Boss Dyche said: “There are many different ways of getting points and staying unbeaten and I thought we showed a great resilience and honesty for the Burnley shirt today. 

“We know we can play with the ball better, but to have that resilience, respect and work ethic shows fantastic things are happening and I thought the supporters showed that.

“I thought they were brilliant at the end in giving the players a big clap off.  They are aware that it’s hard to come to every ground and just play. 

“We’ve done it many times this season, but there were really good signs of other things today and I think it’s a valuable point.”

Dyche, whose side registered their third successive league draw, added: “I think you can sometimes be guilty of getting greedy. 

“It’s a good greed, but you think you will go again and perform by slicking it about away at Nottingham Forest  and having your own way, but it’s not that easy.

“It’s a big ground and big club with a big expectation here. Rightly so with the resources they have and the amount of players that have brought in - and the manager will know about expectation because he has spent a lot of money here down the years. 

“Look at the resources they have got compared to us, but it’s fair to say we are up there for a reason.

“That reason is because we are a good side, and to have that tinge of disappointment in coming away to Forest and taking a point shows how far we have come… and there’s more to come.”

Vokes opened the scoring just before the half hour when he converted from the spot after Gonzola Jara was ruled to have handled Kieran Trippier’s right wing cross at full stretch.

And Dyche insisted: “I think it was a penalty.

“The player has slid in and his arm is in an unnatural position. I’m told that’s a penalty nowadays. 

“Our fans have seen us not get one (penalty) at Millwall and at home against Bournemouth. You hope things even themselves out, but I did think that was an actual penalty.

“We didn’t play as well towards the end of the half and conceded a soft goal from our point of view, but we haven’t conceded many and for all they huffed and puffed, Tom Heaton hasn’t had too much to do when you analyse it.

“We felt they would go more direct after the break, but you have to find a way of dealing with the opposition and overall we dealt with them enough.

“That’s 12 games unbeaten now, so I am certainly not going to go away from here disappointed with a point.”

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