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Dyche Hails Barnes-Storming Striker

28 December 2014

Sean Dyche hailed Ashley Barnes performance after the Clarets striker put the seal on a fabulous team display by earning as point at Manchester City.

Barnes struck a magnificent leveller nine minutes from time to earn a priceless point after George Boyd had earlier halved City’s two-goal half time lead.

Dyche purred: “That was one of the best centre forward performances I have seen in a long, long time – and I have seen some very good ones!

“He is a player who has adapted and is moving forward. His finish is absolutely top drawer.

“He came to see me earlier this season and I said his chance would come. It has, and he is taking it, make no mistake about that.”

Dyche, whose side denied City a record-breaking 10th successive victory, added: “I thought the players were terrific again today, at a very, very tough place to come, especially when you are two goals down at half time.

“All things being considered, that goes down as an outstanding performance.

“At half time, we are two goals down and everyone has written us off, apart from the group of people that I work with.

“There was no shouting and moaning at half time. I just told the lads that was a good performance and the fact is, they opened up a chance for the first and the second was a great goal.

“But the actual performance was there and we just needed to build on it. Getting a goal was a big marker and if we could get one, we asked where that could take us.

“But the belief is locked-in. We did it a lot last year and it’s a belief system that has been built up over a long time. We talk about it a lot and it’s a weapon.

“It’s the culture and environment we set and this is where it’s really at. I said to the lads at half time ‘this is your growth lads. To have the mentality to come to these type of stadiums and handle everything, being two goals down and still go and play.’

“That is the key marker. Results come and go, but the marker is how the team operate and the willingness, desire and mentality on show today, because that is what carries you forward.

“Where that can take us in the grand scheme of things, we’ll see.

“The madness is though, it’s just one point and we need a lot more points.”


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