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Dyche: We Relish This Challenge

26 October 2014

Sean Dyche insisted there were positives to take after the Clarets fell to a second successive home defeat to Everton.

A brilliant brace from three-times Champions League winner Samuel Eto’o and a fortunate Romelu Lukaku strike won it for the Toffees after Danny Ings had briefly given the Clarets hope with a first half equaliser – his first goal in the top flight.

But Dyche insists his players will keep fighting to finally kick-start their campaign.

The gaffer said: “We had some decent chances again, but the moments of truth come in the clinical finishing that Samuel Eto’o and Lukaku bring you.

“They are high quality players who come at a cost and we have to find a way, because we can’t always find that individual moment of brilliant, to find a way the team can operate to score more goals.

“We’re showing good signs, but the signs have to turn quickly into the reality of winning games.

“It’s in the margins and it’s hard when you are playing against that quality of player and they are a very good side.

“I know they have had an indifferent start, but they are a very, very good side.

“I didn’t think we played as well in the second half as the first, but we were still breaking their play up and playing on the front foot, but the third was a fantastic bit of quality and the game gets tough.”

Dyche made one change to his starting line-up, replacing Ben Mee with Stephen Ward at left back.

The gaffer, who also revealed midfielder Dean Marney should be fit to return next weekend, explained: “Ben was a nothing more than the fine balance of making a decision to alter the feel of the group.

“There’s a number I could make at the minute because obviously we are still trying to find that way to win games.

“The margins are tight and we will make changes accordingly as we see fit.”

He added: “I think the fans have been fantastic. They have come to be very reality-bound here.

“They know it’s a challenge every week and we are in a very different situation now. The fans appreciate the journey and it’s still going and long may that continue.

“It gives the players a more relaxed platform to work from, rather than questioning everything and we need that to continue for more.

“The challenge continues and it’s a task that we want.

“Sometimes it is head-scratching – not that we think we are naïve enough to think we are playing well and deserving to win games.

“That doesn’t just happen because you have to score goals and stop them. But we are not a million miles away and I know that is hard for some to understand, perhaps not so much for people who watch us a lot.

“Phil Jagielka, who I know a little bit, told me he thought we were terrific in the first half. I said we’ve had that a few times this season.

“But we have to play for 90 minutes and we have to find that cutting edge. It’s as simple as that.

“But we work in a positive environment and we believe in these players. I think people saw today an honest group again giving their lot.

“But equally, when you are playing like that you have to expect them to raise their game – and we’re talking about a team full of international footballers who have been signed for multi-millions of pounds.”

“The challenge is what it is, but we’ll work hard this week and get ourselves ready for the next one.

As I say, everyone involved with the club wanted this challenge and they still do. That’s why the fans still come and cheer on their team.

“They want the challenge of Premier League football for Burnley Football Club and so do the players and I.”

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