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Dyche Happy As Clarets' Confidence Grows

2 December 2014

Sean Dyche feels the Clarets are acclimatising to life in the Premier League after extending their unbeaten run to four games in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

George Boyd’s first half strike was cancelled out by Papiss Cisse’s leveller soon after the restart in the first meeting between the two sides since 1983.

And after back-to-back draws lifted his side out of the relegation zone for the first time in two months Dyche, who was celebrating his 100th game in charge of the club, insisted his players were growing in belief.

He said: “The journey has been a tough one so far, but things are looking nice and positive and there is a really good feel to things.

“I don’t over-think the table, certainly not at this stage. That’s for others to talk about upon. But there is a nice balance to how the team are delivering performances and we are having to work
hard for everything we get, but it’s fair to say we are certainly handling things very well at the moment.

“There was always going to be a settling in period, but we now look solid as a group. But this is a very unforgiving league, so we have to keep building and taking that into performances.

“We know we have to get wins, but on the other hand we can’t be greedy. We are taking it one step at a time and we are moving forward.”

Dyche, whose side showed their qualities in the opening 45 minutes against a stronger than expected Newcastle line-up, added: “The players showed the mental assurance that you can deliver at this level
against a side that have been in unbelievable form, barring a blip on Saturday.

“They have a very good side and a critical injury list, apart from Cabella, Taylor and Riviera coming on as subs!

“We were quite surprised to see those names coming off the bench, but they have real depth and we are pleased with the way we are beginning to show that we can compete at this level and tonight
was another good sign of what we want to be about.

“In the first half I felt we were very good. Some of the quality of football and good quality of chances.

“We had that really good chance at the end of the first half to go 2-0 up and that would obviously have settled us down further.

“In the second half they came out and had to react and we gave them the reaction really by conceding a very poor goal.

“That’s unusual for us. But I felt our relentless attitude to keep pressing, closing the game and looking to score was very good, so I am really pleased.”

The only downside to the night was an injury sustained by Stephen Ward, who left the field on a stretcher following a clash with Yohan Gouffran midway through the second half.

Dyche said: “It’s too early to say with Stephen. He’s probably going off to hospital just for a precaution, but we’re not too sure at the moment.”

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