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Dyche: We're A Tough Nut To Crack

2 November 2013

Sean Dyche felt the 2-2- draw at Millwall was clear evidence that his Burnley side are proving a tough nut to crack.

The Clarets looked like heading to only their second league defeat of the season after Scott McDonald and a deflected Danny Shittu strike put Millwall two goals up inside the opening 37 minutes.

But Dyche’s never-say-die side responded as Sam Vokes bagged his ninth goal of the season before an own goal from Shane Lowry – turning home Michel Kightly’s on target effort – extended Burnley’s unbeaten run to ten league games.

Dyche said: “We didn’t start well and you have to be realistic. 

“Being 2-0 down is a tough scoreline to change, but we had to do it the hard way and I think that was again evidence that we have a good mentality in the group.

“Without taking anything away from Millwall, we weren’t at the races for the first half an hour. But the second goal, which had an element of luck for them with the deflection, just seems to kick us into life.

“We looked back to what we are all of a sudden and the break actually came a little too quickly for us.

“We were on the front foot, but we responded again and took that into the second half, when we created some good chances and probably deserved to edge it overall.”

The Clarets could even have gone on to win it as Sam Vokes was denied a penalty with the scores at 2-2, after being clipped by Paul Robinson in the box, seconds after Scott Arfield had rattled the post.

Dyche added: “I felt it was a penalty. I’ll make it clear I felt the referee had a good game at a difficult place to come, but if that incident happens anywhere else on the pitch it’s a free kick, so for me it’s in the box and it’s a penalty.

“Overall, I feel most people will feel we certainly deserved to get back in it, but I just thought we edged it.”

The draw keeps Burnley a point clear at the Championship summit, where they continue to defy their doubters.

He said: “We knew this would be a firm challenge, but that’s this division for you.

“We’ve had to earn the right to take a point, but you are going to have to do that. But a draw away from home is never a bad result and we’re in good shape.

“We are there to be beaten because we are at the top, but what a great position to be in!

“I don’t think many fancied us to be there, but that bodes well for what we are trying to achieve as a group as we move forward and we are proving a tough nut to crack.”

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