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Dyche: Brighton Paid Us A Compliment

28 January 2014

Sean Dyche insisted Brighton paid the Clarets the ultimate compliment with a defensive display at Turf Moor that earned them a point.

And the Burnley boss admitted he was “a little frustrated” that his side could not break down a resilient Albion defence that is currently the best in the division on the road.
The gaffer said: “It was a tough one because Brighton have come here and really parked the bus, which I was surprised at from them.

“I think they have some very good players, and tonight they were almost a 4-5-1 at times with Keith Andrews very deep into their back four. 

“They didn’t really move. They were pretty rigid with it and it is a great credit to us that a team of their stature and size came here with a game plan to not get beat.”

Dyche, whose side drew a blank at home for only the second time this season, added: “I thought the lads gave a real physical shift again. 

“It was a dominant display in the second half. We’ve hit the post twice in the game and had a shot cleared off the line with Michael Duff on the far post.

Michael Kightly hits the post in the first half

“We got plenty of ammunition into the box and I was just a bit frustrated in the second half because we just went a bit too long a bit too quick, but that sometimes happens when you are trying to forge a way through.

“So there were many good things again and the deciding factor against a team that parks the bus is to score first!

“If you do that they have to come out and the whole feel of the game changes. For long periods of the second half it was like an attack v defence training session, and sometimes that happens.

“We’re just a little frustrated that we didn’t break down that 4-5-1 because that’s what you have to do to win a game.”

The Clarets could even have lost the game at the death as Tom Heaton followed up a terrific first half save from Kazenga LuaLua with an even better save to deny sub Andrea Orlandi.

Dyche said: “When you are dominant like that, it’s very unusual that the opposition don’t get at least one or two chances, but I am pleased to say Tom did well.

“At the end, he has been there to make two big saves and it would have been a travesty to say the least if we had lost, but we’ve all come to realise what a top goalkeeper he is.”

Dyche also revealed that his two changes to the starting line up, which saw Michael Kightly and Bern Mee replace Keith Treacy, were down to injuries

Lafferty missed out with a thigh injury, while Treacy will undergo a scan on Wednesday on a troublesome neck injury.

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