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Dyche Takes Plenty Of Positives From Swans Defeat

23 August 2014

SEAN Dyche feels his players are growing in confidence after coming within a whisker of a point at Swansea.

The Clarets turned in a dominant second half performance in a bold attempt to cancel out Nathan Dyer’s first half opener.

However, after suffering back-to-back defeats on their return to the Premier League, the Clarets boss admitted he was hugely encouraged by his players following a steep learning curve in the opening week.

He said: “We are a work in progress and we are developing. I think we have had a good week in the sense of the challenge that’s been placed upon us, but we have to get points on the board and we have to win games… and we will.

“We have to be encouraged because we’ve been written off by everyone. We are the only ones who can encourage each other, along with our fans who were fantastic again today.

“But as I suggest I am someone who likes winning and we didn’t get that today, so the challenge is to turn those good performances into results.”

Dyche, whose side came closest to levelling when David Jones was denied by a superb fingertip save from Lukasz Fabianski after the break, added: “It’s a cruel game sometimes, particularly the higher the level you go.

“The Premier League is unforgiving, but I felt the quality of our play earned us something. That’s not always the way it works, but I thought we were outstanding in the second half.

“In the first half their quality of play was better than ours and I thought we showed them too much respect if I am honest, but it’s only a belief thing.

“The only real difference is their players have been in here a bit longer and they believe they are Premier League players.

“Ours are still growing in that belief and that was evident today.

“They are finding their feet in this division and some are more assured than others, just by the way footballers are.

“But in that second half we had the movement and the passing and we created enough to get something out of the game, for sure. Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

He added: “Last year, people who saw us know we are relentless in the way we go about our business.

“We don’t worry if we go a goal down and I want the players to continue to play on the front foot and go after games.

“It was a really poor goal from our point of view at a time when they had the upper hand.

“That freedom I talk about was on show in the second half, but we just didn’t have the cutting edge to make use of it, alongside a fantastic save from Fabianski.”

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