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Dyche: We Never Give In

12 March 2014

Sean Dyche was pleased with the character demonstrated once again by his players as Burnley gained another vital league point in a six-goal thriller at St Andrew’s.

The Clarets went in front three times only for Birmingham to bring the score back to level terms on each occasion, including a controversial stoppage-time equaliser.

The draw sent Burnley back eight points clear in second place in the Championship table.

The Clarets manager said reflecting on the match: “I think it is a valuable point and a very hard-earned one.

“Coming off the big game at the weekend people were wondering: ‘could they go again?’ And we pretty much did.

“We can play a lot better than that, but the marvel of what we are achieving as a group is that we never give in.

“We kept going and going and going, took the 3-2 lead, but sometimes referees get it wrong and I felt tonight he did and unfortunately that sometimes happens.

“It’s not easy to go away from home and get the three points, but we so nearly did.

“We can only affect our performance and overall we probably edged it and did enough, but the things out of our hands are those big decisions and they went against us tonight.

“Referees have a tough job, but it appeared to come off his shoulder [in the build-up to Birmingham’s third goal].”

Goals from Dean Marney, Michael Duff – his first since Boxing Day 2012 – and Sam Vokes’ 19th of the season were not enough to hand Burnley their fourth straight league win.

However, the Clarets now remain unbeaten in thirteen in the Championship and have an opportunity to return to winning ways when they welcome Leeds United to Turf Moor on Saturday.

And Dyche took positives out of tonight’s match.

He added: “It’s a great value of what we have as a group because we know that we can play better than tonight, yet we still kept coming right until the end.

“We’re disappointed in two of the goals we conceded. One was a great strike and sometimes you just hold your hand up. Another was taken out of our hands by the referee.

“We looked like we could earn another win tonight, but sometimes it goes against you.”

The Burnley boss also confirmed Danny Ings will be assessed by the medical staff tomorrow as he limped off the game with fifteen minutes to go to be replaced by Ashley Barnes.

Dyche said: “It’s too early to say. He’s got a knock and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

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