Clarets boss feels Clarets are turning the tide against old foes
Sean Dyche felt the Clarets were good value for a long overdue victory against Blackburn Rovers after a late Jordan Rhodes goal denied his side.
Junior Stanislas’s 75th minute piledriver looked like being enough to earn all three points until Rhodes fortuitous equaliser put the champagne on ice.
But Dyche feels the tide is now turning after a third successive draw against the East Lancashire rivals.
The Clarets boss said: “I understand the fans feelings tonight and I feel it myself.
“This was another chance to get that moment of history and I can’t help but feel disappointed for that, but I’m delighted with the performance.
“The moment is now, but where we are now - and following the loss of Charlie Austin - I think most of our fans would be disappointed to not beat Blackburn today.
“But in reality we are sat in third place after the match, in good shape and putting in some very good performances.”
Dyche added: “I think most neutrals would be amazed if they had watched the last three games that we haven’t won one, but there will be another day…”
The Clarets had the better of the first half in an electric derby, with Rovers coming into the game more after the break.
Stanislas lit the blue touchpaper to an explosive ending with a blistering 25-yard finish, following a one-two with Danny Ings, before Rhodes saw Michal Duff’s attempted clearance cannon off him and loop past Tom Heaton.
Anjd in stoppage time, Rovers were reduced to ten men when substitute Lee Williamson took out Ings as the Clarets striker looked to race clear no the half way line with a chance to snatch victory.
Dyche mused: “It is what it is and I don’t want to get bogged down with that.
“In the form Danny is in we’d have backed him, but their player took one for the team”
“It’s the unfortunate side of football bit it’s the professional side of football and it happens.
“I’d prefer to look at our performance. I would imagine the stats were considerably more in our favour in the first half.
“In the second half they (Blackburn) went more direct, looking for second balls to change the feel of the game.
“They did that for about 20 minutes and we couldn’t get a grip.
“Then, as the game went into the latter stages Junior came up with a moment of fantastic quality and I didn’t think we ever looked in trouble.
“Obviously there was a mistake and Rhodes read it and got a lucky break. You can’t define luck.
“All you can do is work hard and try to push it in you favour, but overall, I felt we deserved to win and a word for the fans, who I thought were terrific today.
“They saw their side go hard again and find a way to be solid and resolute against long ball football at times.
“We stood strong and were brave and it took a moment of poor luck on our part to earn them a point.”