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Dyche Hails City Victory

14 March 2015

Sean Dyche hailed the Turf Moor victory over Manchester City as a reward for all those who believe in his side.

Burnley stunned the reigning champions as George Boyd rifled home a 61st minute volley to send Turf Moor into raptures.

And Dyche felt his side merited the victory, which edged the Clarets to within a point of the dotted line at the bottom of the Premier League.

He said: “It was a fantastic night for many reasons. To be honest I was calm as a player and I have never been one for running along the line and sliding on my knees until the job is done, but trust me inside there is someone jumping around!

“First of all I think the players earned the right with a very good performance.

“The margins were tight but I think we edged it overall in a close game.

“They (City) are a fantastic team, but for us to give a performance like that is a reward for everyone connected with the club.

“I think the rewards were there for the team, individuals, the staff, myself and also the town and its fans.

“I think they know that they have a team, a staff and a manager who give them everything and I can only imagine that, as a fan, they appreciate that.

“As a young kid the minimum I wanted was a team that give their all and I think they have that, so when a win like that comes, it’s a reward for all.

“What it also does is remind the players that we are competing at this level and we can do.”

Dyche, whose commendable defensive shape ensured City could find no way through, added: “There was much to admire and there was patience to our play.

“At the end we got a bit desperate and we are still learning that you have to keep possession at times.

“You have to keep the ball and carry their players all the way back to their end. That’s a detail we have to continue to work on, but there were so many good things and some of the individual performances were outstanding.

“You have to remember, that is a high class group that we played and overall I felt we did enough to win.”

Boyd’s firth goal of the season was arguably his best, as he found the bottom corner with unerring accuracy after Kieran Trippier’s free kick was only half cleared.

Dyche added: “It’s a fantastic strike by Boydy. He hits it so cleanly and we know he has that in his locker.

“Full credit to him because he has literally run miles for the cause so far and I’m sure that will continue.”

The Clarets fifth league win puts them on the coat-tails of 17th placed Sunderland and within three points of Hull City, Aston Villa and Everton.

And Dyche hopes the win can be a springboard to help keep the Clarets in the Premier League.

He added: “We have never been broken. We have been dented a few times and had a few knocks and clips across the jaw, but we stay on our feet and get ready to go again.

“That will be needed again. This doesn’t define our season. It might do, but there is no guarantee, so we have to be ready next week and beyond, and we will.

The players have a way of working and the demand to give everything is absolutely there, so it bodes well for the future.”

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