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Dyche Hails Clarets "Strong Jaw"

21 February 2015

Sean Dyche praised his side’s strong jaw after they bounced off the canvas at Stamford Bridge to give leaders Chelsea a bloody nose.

The Clarets trailed to Branislav Ivanovic’s early goal before Jose Mourinho’s side were reduced to 10 men following Nemanja Matic’s retaliation on Ashley Barnes.

Ben Mee then landed the knock-out blow with a stunning far post header nine minutes from time to earn Dyche’s men a precious point.

Boss Dyche said: “I am so pleased. This is just such a tough place to come and it’s no surprise why Chelsea are top of the league because it’s a fine group of players with a fantastic manager.

“But we are Burnley and we don’t give in easily. We have a strong jaw and we are relentless in our mentality.

“I think there is an assured manner now that our players are beginning to find freedom. I am not making bold statement because we all know how tough this division is, but we are in there for a reason and we are giving it everything.

“We know we need more points, but we are certainly up or the challenge; everyone knows that.”

Commenting on the turning point, when Matic reacted badly to Barnes’ challenge, which caught him high on the shin, Dyche added: “I haven’t seen the incident again, but my recollections are that Ashley wins the ball and it was two players coming at opposite angles, which is never helpful.

“Their lad has come under the ball and Barnsey’s natural follow through takes his foot onto his leg. I’ll look at it again but obviously it had a big impact on the game.”

He added: “We know they have some fantastic individuals, but overall I thought we put in a good performance today.

“In the first half we were very good and I thought the way we dealt with their goal was very pleasing.

“There was no panic or rush to our play. We kept a foothold in the game and towards the sending off we were beginning to get another foothold after another good spell from them.

“After that, I felt we delivered another good performance and I am delighted with the point.”

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