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Dyche Hails Scott's Wonder Strike

10 January 2015

Sean Dyche hailed Scott Arfield’s wonder goal as the Clarets beat QPR to leapfrog the Londoners and climb out of the relegation zone.

Arfield opened the scoring with a magnificent solo effort for his first strike since the opening day of the campaign against Chelsea.

Charlie Austin cancelled out that with a penalty just after the half hour, before Danny Ings stepped into the spotlight to grab the winner eight minutes before the break.

But it was Arfield’s classy strike that lit the touchpaper on a thrilling afternoon and had Dyche purring.

The Clarets boss said: “Scott’s is a wonderful, wonderful goal. Two nutmegs at this level and a curler into the far corner is a sign of the quality we feel we have.

“If Alexis Sanchez had scored that, it is shown 100 times over the weekend. We might get two, but we’re happy to go under the radar.

“Most people had us down as needing snookers by Christmas, but we don’t. We are in there fighting and there’s a big challenge in front of us.

“A lot has been made of our relentless attitude and people who have said that are right. We have a will and desire to constantly affect games.

"Credit to both sides because that was an ugly day to try and play football on.

“The wind was horrific at pitch level, but I felt we coped better. We created enough chances today to not have to finish with those nervy few minutes, and with the amount of breakaways we had in the second half today, the game should have been more under control towards the end.

“Credit to their keeper again; he made two amazing saves down there and two more today.

“But it’s pleasing to see the quality and counter-attacking was good today. We just have to keep working at the detail in the final third.”

The win lifted Burnley up to 16th in the table, a point above the drop zone.

Dyche insisted: “We are having to earn the right for everything we get and we did that again today for a big three points.

“I think they all feel like big wins at this level. There was a lot made of us not winning for 10 games, in what was a period of growth for us, but there are real signs of the belief in the group now and although I suppose this is a big win from the outside looking in, it’s just another three points on the board and we have to get many more.”

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