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Dyche Hails End-Of-Year Show

28 December 2015

Sean Dyche hailed his squad for their response after the Clarets saw out the year with a resounding 4-0 win over Bristol City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets boss made three changes, restoring David Jones to the midfield and promoting Michael Kightly and Stephen Ward to the starting line-up.

They replaced Michael Duff, who was rested, and injured duo Dean Marney and George Boyd.

And after Andre Gray fired a first ever Football League hat-trick and Scott Arfield grabbed his third goal in as many games, Dyche was delighted at his side’s showing in the final game of 2015.

He said: “A lot has happened in this calendar year. There is major growth in the football club in the bigger picture.

“In the more immediate picture I have said all along that the margins are tight. The other day at Hull, even Steve Bruce’s overview was that the first player who scored cost him £8m and the second cost him £10m.

“Sometimes that’s the difference and today we’ve come back home and delivered an absolutely fantastic performance.

“I think the fans enjoyed the energy, the goals, belief and all the trademarks that we like to think are a part of Burnley.

“The quality of the play was excellent and that’s six points in the last three games and that’s two points a game.

“You can only ask for your team to deliver that kind of level because you know, over a season, if you are around that mark you have had a good season.”

Explaining his changes, Dyche added: “George has been carrying a stiff back for a while now and two games in three days affected that situation.

“Dean has a tight calf and, with his journey back to fitness it was just too much to risk him today.

“Michael just keeps going, but two games in three days was too much and I explained that to him, so there was lots of good signs from the whole squad.

“The lads who came in today have been waiting for their chance and they, and I, take great pride in their efforts even when they are not in the team.

“They train fantastically well and on days like today it comes and pays you back.”

Gray, whose two previous senior hat-tricks both came for Luton Town in 2013 and 2014, added: “It was a really good response today from Andre because I felt he was quiet at Hull and it didn’t quite work out for him.

“Today, he was electric and his finishes were superb. I must also say I thought Sam Vokes today was outstanding, along a number of players.”

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