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Dyche: Newcastle Display "Up There" As Our Best

1 January 2015

Sean Dyche heralded his players after they came from behind three times to earn a point at Newcastle.

The Clarets boss was left purring as his side shook off the setbacks of losing three players in the opening 35 minutes to take a point from their first visit to St James’ Park in 32 years.



The Clarets also hit the woodwork FOUR times as they staged a fabulous comeback for the second time in four days, following their heroics at Manchester City,

And Dyche insisted the against-all-odds New Year’s Day display provided one of the highlights of his Turf Moor reign.

He said: “I thought the players were outstanding today. We felt there would be a reaction to the managerial situation here and for the first 20 minutes I felt they were excellent and we had to hang in there.

“At 2-1 down we have had to make the changes and from them on I thought the lads were absolutely outstanding.

“I have had many good moments so far as Burnley manager and that is up there among them.



“When you make three changes and you are 2-1 down, to deliver that type of performance at St James’ Park, showed an outstanding mentality and belief in each other.

“There were 48,000 Geordies in here and 3,000 Burnley fans were just as good. They never stopped and that’s because they are seeing a group who are giving everything.”

The Clarets trailed to Steven Taylor’s header and got back on level terms when Paul Dummett headed past his own goalkeeper.

Midway through the first half Jack Colback restored the Magpies lead and Burnley, who had already lost skipper Jason Shackell to a calf injury, also replaced Dean Marney (illness) and saw Premier League debutant Kevin Long stretchered off with a knee injury.

But Danny Ings deservedly got the Clarets level just after the hour, and despite Mousse Sissoko scoring United’s third against the run of play, George Boyd smashed home a 86th minute equaliser for the least the visitors deserved.



Dyche added: “People have gone on about me not changing the team, but when we did make enforced changes today I thought they were fantastic and that’s great credit to the substitutes because they know how much I value them.

“It’s a new experience for me. I have never played with a team that has made three changes so early in the game, for all those different reasons, and Kevin is the big question mark.

“It needs to settle and the medical team will get on that over the next couple of days. We are hopeful Shacks is not as bad as we maybe first thought and Dean is just sickness.

“He was almost vomiting before the game and it is a strange one. But it’s not our style to feel sorry for ourselves.

“The mentality and physicality were on show again, along with the quality, and it’s a head-scratcher how we have only come away with a point.”




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