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Dyche Hails The History Boys

10 February 2014

Sean Dyche hailed his history boys as Burnley extended their unbeaten home run to 11 months with victory over Millwall.

The Clarets set a new post-War record of 19 home league games without defeat after overcoming an early one-goal deficit to bounce back through two goals from Danny Ings, either side of Dean Marney’s stunning strike.

And after jumping back into second spot, Dyche feels there is a growing belief in his players from the Clarets fans.

He said: “I have made it clear that if you perform well that is a marker and if you get results that is another.

“If you put all the markers together, things start happening. We’ve had a few records this year and I am proud of that.

“This club is rich in history and the group, staff and the overall collective mentality is about winning.

“I have made it clear to the group that we are just that. I only try to lead them and I am really pleased.

“There was no panic today and great credit to the fans. There was no panic in the stadium after they scored. 

“There was a calmness and I think here is a growing belief among players and fans that if we now have a setback we will go all the way and force the issue.

“That builds more belief because sometimes you can’t always stop players scoring against you.

“But we scored again pretty quickly with that backing and maybe they (the fans) are beginning to believe more and realise that if we have a setback we have the firepower and quality, good organisation and energy to respond.”

Dyche, whose side last lost at Turf Moor to Hull City in March 2013, added: “Sometimes people have questioned whether we can continue playing like that, so to come back from that 1-0 and stay calm, get the lead and make good work of it was really pleasing.

“I think it’s fair to say our fans are probably scratching their heads how we haven’t won any of the last three.

“I thought we were thoroughly deserving of it today and the more points you put no the table the higher it can take you.

Ings took his personal tally for the season to 24 with his two goals; the first a shot on the turn to cancel out Martyn Woolford’s strike and the second a marvellous finish after controlling Kieran Trippier’s magnificent 60-yard ‘Hail Mary’ pass.

The Clarets striker blotted his copybook and spurned the chance to pick up a first senior hat-trick after missing a first half penalty with the scores at 1-1.

But Dyche felt his top goalscorer got his rewards for another sparking display, which took his and Sam Vokes’ combined tally for the season to 39.

Dyche added: “Danny is one of the best I’ve seen at controlling a ball over his shoulder. 

“He does it in training and I thought the way he dealt with his own bit of disappointment was great.

“I said to him at half time ‘you keep going and enjoying what you doing’. He was full of beans n the second half and could have had more!”

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