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Dyche Joy At Valley Victory

22 March 2014

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was left delighted with how his team applied themselves in difficult conditions to register a 3-0 against Charlton at the Valley.

The Clarets tightened their grip on second spot, registering their 21st victory of the season and making it 15 games without loss in the Championship thanks to goals from Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes and Michael Kightly.

Dyche’s men had to overcome a poor pitch, and took a while to get out of the starting blocks, but the manager was happy with how they grew in to the game.

He said: “The surface was arguably the worst I’ve seen in a long time and I thought they handled the pitch better than we did for the first 15-20 minutes.

“I thought Charlton started very brightly, without really affecting our box as regards to scoring opportunities.

“We then began to grow in to the game, get in some productive areas and then a real fine cross and a good finish from Barnes changed the feel of the game from there on in really.”

Barnes goal was his first for the Clarets, and the striker went close to a second soon after, only for a wonder save from Addicks keeper Ben Hamer to deny him a double.

Nevertheless, the Burnley boss was delighted his January signing got off the mark.

He added: “I’m delighted for him. He’s worked very hard, had to wait and be patient and he’s gone and nicked himself a goal. 

“He could have had a second. I must say it was a fantastic save from their keeper!”

The defence, which included new loan signing Chris Baird, held out any Athletic threat to register their 16th clean sheet in all competitions. 

And Dyche was pleased with the defence and how Baird performed on his debut.

He said: “Chris is a very intelligent player. He knows the game and there’s a calmness about what he does, and that comes from playing at the top level of course.

“There’s great value in that (the clean sheets), and the team have great value in that.

“Tom was delighted right at the end there, and rightly so. All the defenders value that as well as we do!”

Michael Duff was taken replaced by Kevin Long added time with cramp but the Clarets boss stated that was purely for precaution.

The Clarets were able to share the victory with a large traveling contingent - and Dyche was grateful for the continued support.

He added: “I thought they (the fans) were fantastic today. They are enjoying the journey that we are on and they’ve always been really positive. 

“They came down here last year in their numbers when it was an awkward spell for us. We got a nice one nil victory that day and I remember the support they gave us then and it was the same again today.”

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