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Dyche: An Enjoyable Night At The Office

17 September 2013

Sean Dyche hailed his players as the victory over Birmingham confirmed the best start to a league season for 12 years.

The Clarets steamrolled the Blues thanks to a brace from Danny Ings and Scott Arfield’s first league goal for the club.

And Dyche was delighted at the manner of his team’s dominant performance, which lifted the Clarets to fourth in the Championship table.

The gaffer said: “It was a very enjoyable night at the office. Overall we did more than enough and arguably could have had more.

“I actually thought we started very well, then came away from our performance levels for 20 to 25 minutes. 

“I told them at half time I wasn’t happy because the lads have set high performance levels for themselves and I didn’t think we were there.

“But in the second half we started like a house on fire and maintained that to stay in control for the second half.”

Ings took his tally to seven for the season in a man-of-the match display, with Arfield’s header after just 17 seconds of the second half sandwiching those two strikes.

But Dyche felt the engine room laid the foundations for the Clarets to chalk up a commanding first win over the Blues in six attempts.

He said: “Danny is rightly getting plaudits and Sam should get them too because he has been immense at times because he does some of the things that managers, coaches and players respect.

“But I also thought our two central midfielders were really outstanding tonight and I’ve told them that.

“When the flow of the game wasn’t there in the first half, they dug in and got the ugly stuff done and I thought they were just tremendous.

“There will be plaudits for a lot of individuals and we could go on, but the whole group is performing and there’s still more that we want to demand from the players.”

Dyche, whose side enjoyed their best start since the 2001/02 season – when they won seven of their first eight games – added: “I believe in positivity and working in a positive manner. 

“That is my mindset and what I believe it. Of course, it doesn’t guarantee you a result, but it does but it does guarantee you a platform to get results.

“That is what we are doing and every time we look down that tunnel we see a team that is hungry and ready to go.

“I think the fans are beginning to enjoy that we do and the team is showing good signs of our development, so long may it continue.”

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