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Dyche: We Never Go Under

8 August 2015

Sean Dyche saluted his side for their opening day point at Leeds and declared: We never go under!

The Clarets shook off the blow of conceding an 83rd minute opener from Leeds substitute Mirco Antenucci to earn a point through super sub Sam Vokes’ magnificent header three minutes later.

And Dyche again hailed the mentality in the camp as Burnley refused to wilt in the Elland Road heat.

He said: “I thought our resilience showed well and that never-say-die attitude was there again

“We never go down; this team never goes under. 

“We believe we are never beaten until the final whistle blows and I believe that showed in abundance again today.

“We have built that mentality over two and a half years here and if you looked at the last 10 minutes again, in response to the (Leeds) goal, there’s no heads going down; they just get on with it.

“I’m very proud of that as a manager, for my team and, of course, for the fans.”

He added: “This is a tough place to come, particularly early in the season. There’s a new manager and a new feel about the place. 

“The players here are giving that extra three or four per cent, so all things being considered we’ll definitely take the point.”

Vokes hit the ground running to put behind him a prolonged spell on the sidelines with his first league goal since March, 2014, against Doncaster.

Dyche added: “It was a fine piece of play and a fine cross from Tendayi, but a fantastic header from Sam. 

“He is coming back to real fitness and it takes time, people forget that. He is getting that real sharpness and you could see that today. 

“He came on with that little zip and energy. It’s coming and I’m really, really pleased with his fitness.”

Tom Heaton took the armband for the first time for the club in the curtain-raiser after being named as Jason Shackell’s successor as club captain.

And Dyche explained it was an easy decision to make the popular goalkeeper his on-field leader.

He said: “It was a quite simple decision in the end. I asked Tom if he wanted to be captain and he said ‘yes’. 

“His experience is there and he moved on again last year again in the Premier League and his general manner is befitting of the role, in the way he conducts himself.

“We have plenty of on-field captain though. Michael Duff is out there and when he plays he knows he’s a captain in himself, the way he goes about it. 

“Michael Keane, I believe, will grow into that in the future and we still wants David Jones to play as a captain.

“It’s the old adage; the more ‘captains’ you have out there the better it is for the club. 

“Sometimes it’s not about a big voice. It’s the way they go about their professionalism and Tom encapsulates a bit of everything.”

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