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Dyche: We're Doing Ok!

13 September 2014

SEAN Dyche insists he is delighted with the manner in which his side are handling their Premier League adventure.

The Clarets picked up another point and a second successive clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, where Scott Arfield saw a late penalty agonisingly saved.

But after seeing his side dominate the second half at Selhurst Park on opposing number Neil Warnock’s second home debut as Palace boss, Dyche is adamant the Clarets’ luck will turn.

He said: “We want the players to be brave and they are. You don’t want to come into this division with a load of flannel and whimpering around.

“There might be a time when we have to rethink that. But my thinking was that we will go in the manner we do because we feel it’s appropriate for how the team operate, then we’ll see how it fares.

“So far we have done ok, but we need to be better than ok and we are aware of that, but there are good signs.

“Part of it is dealing with these full stadiums and the extra media attention and everything else. I think we are doing that well, but there’s work to be done in that top thirds to open teams up.

“It was another really solid performance with plenty of good things. We know we are a work in progress and we are maturing as a side at this level.

“We are handling that very well, mentally and physically, and we know that in the last third of the pitch we need that final moment of clarity.

“Sometimes you also need that rub of the green and obviously we thought that had changed today with the penalty, but it wasn’t to be today.”

He added: I’m delighted with two successive clean sheets though. I know enough people; coaches, manager and players in the Premier League who tell me that a clean sheet and a point away in the Premier League is always something you will take.

“We are all greedy and we all want more, but on reflection it’s fair to say their words are correct.”

Arfield’s 84th minute spot kick was superbly saved by flying Eagles stopper Julian Speroni in the key moment of a contest Burnley dominated the longer it wore on.

Dyche said: “You could see clearly from Scott’s body language that he wanted the penalty and you have to take the rough with the smooth with penalties.

“I don’t think it’s an easy task, but he was brave enough to take it and you have to take the ying and yang of it.

“If it goes in you are a hero and if it doesn’t you get questioned, it’s as simple as that.

“But I haven’t mentioned it to him after the game and I won’t because he’s a great player and a great person and everyone respects him.”

Dyche also confirmed that regular penalty taker Danny Ings, who was withdrawn in the first half, had suffered a hamstring injury that will be assessed in the coming days.

He said: “Danny has snapped his foot down and his hamstring has gone tight, but we don’t know how bad that will be for a few days yet.”


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