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Dyche's Pride at Old Trafford Show

11 February 2015

Sean Dyche felt his side did not get the rewards their efforts merited following the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

The Clarets boss admitted he was proud of his players as they had United on the rack in the first half, despite trailing 2-1 at the break against the run of play.

And after United punished them for fatal defensive errors, Dyche was left to rue his side’s ill fortune.

He said: “This game does kick you in the rear sometimes and I thought it did tonight. I thought we were outstanding for most of the game and I think everyone in the stadium was amazed they went in at half time 2-1 up with the quality of our football and the chances we created.

“But we are getting hurt for the details at the moment and it’s happened to us a few times this season.

“But that’s the growth in the players you need; to smell danger because at this level you get punished because games can turn on almost nothing.”

Two headers from Chris Smalling bookended Danny Ings’ fifth goal in six games, as the striker overhauled Steven Fletcher’s eight Premier League goals from 2009/10.

Robin Van Persie then settled the affair late on after a tiring Burnley conceded a penalty through Scott Arfield’s challenge on Angel di Maria.

Dyche added: “We’ve conceded again from set plays; this time from the second phase. We had a little spell of it at the start of the season and then it went away, but it’s just crept back in the last few games.

“But we will rectify that on the training field and you have to remember the quality of the balls coming in and the physicality of some the players we are playing against.

“That’s one thing we can’t change about our players. But that can’t tarnish that performance tonight because when I talk about growth, belief and development in the players, I think it’s quite evident tonight.

“To come to Old Trafford and handle what it is, but also play in that manner was terrific, but you don’t get anything for it and that’s something we have to change and turn that into results. We are so close, but so close is not close enough.”

Dyche ended by hailing Ings’ who shone as the best player on the pitch in a masterclass of a striking performance.

He added: “I could go right through the team, but I thought Danny was exceptional again.

“He had a great chance just after half time, but he was terrific all night. People keep talking about the England side and I can see why because that was Danny Ings on top form.

“I made it clear he would be here and enjoying what he does and he was excellent at the weekend and again tonight.”

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