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Dyche Delight At Hard-Fought Point

12 December 2015

Sean Dyche was delighted with a hard fought point and a clean sheet at Loftus Road.

The Clarets boss saw his side weather an anticipated early storm from Rangers, who had new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the dug-out for the first time.

And after finishing the stronger of the two sides, Dyche admitted it was a point gained, and not two lost as the Clarets extended their run to just one defeat in 11 league games.

Dyche said: “I was very pleased with the players today. These are very tough games and despite the fact they have only lost one here all season, they also have a new manager.

“That brings a new mentality but I felt we dealt with the game well early on, when they got the ball forward a lot and very early.

“Then, as the game wore on, we were terrific and in the last 20 minutes, to be the away side coming here and taking the game to them was great to see.

“The organisation, will and demand from the players to make sure the ball didn’t end up in the net was fantastic.

“We want to stay up there as long as we can because we feel we can go harder for longer than anyone else down the season, so these points are important and this was a tough one today.”

Dyche, who side could have nicked the win late on through two Sam Vokes headers that were just off target, added: “We want wins, of course we do, and we go everywhere to win a game, but you have to be realistic sometimes with the challenge.

“Today, I think everyone was thinking we are at QPR, against a new manager, with a team on a half decent run at home, so I was particularly pleased not only to nullify but then to go really strong and arguably have the measure of the chances in order to win.”

The Clarets boss also resisted the temptation to change his starting line-up following the home defeat to Preston North End.

He explained: “There was a big demand on the players out there today. I told them it’s not a given, but I did stick with the team today.

“That doesn’t mean it won’t change, but I was pleased today, particularly in the second half.

“I want that demand, and if there’s an expectation that I’m going to play the same team, my lads know it’s not like that. Trust me, they know, but there’s a good mixture out there at the moment and a lot of good signs from a really strong performance.

“We’ve had a quiet spell of results wins-wise, but the performances have been pretty strong and we’re still getting people back in the mix.

“There were players on the bench today itching to get on, but it would have been unfair to the lads out there as the game went on because it was nip and tuck.”

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