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Dyche: My Players Never Go Under

30 November 2015

Sean Dyche felt his side deserved their scratch of luck to salvage an unlikely point at Cardiff,

After trailing 2-0 with five minutes remaining, substitute Rouwen Hennings opened his Burnley account to give the visitors hope.

A dramatic Matthew Connolly own goal three minutes into stoppage time duly earned Burnley a share of the spoils.

And Dyche felt that justice was done after Connolly escaped unpunished with a first half hand ball in his own penalty area that denied George Boyd and should have resulted in the Bluebird’s defender seeing red.

The Burnley boss said: “I think it was a deserved point. Not just myself, but the players and the fans, who travelled down here in large numbers, saw us very hard done by.

“I haven’t seen the first half incident back, but I’ll be surprised if it’s not hand ball. And don’t forget it’s not just a penalty, but he has to be sent off.

“It certainly was a big event because that changes the whole outlook of the game.

“We didn’t react to that in a bad way. We got on with the game. We did concede two poor goals, but the attitude of the players to get something from the game was outstanding.

“I am just so pleased with the mentality of the players because they never go under. I don’t but they don’t and that is a great thing to have as a collective.

“The fans know it too and to come down here on a miserable day weather wise, and see their players give everything for them again is a great feeling.”

Hennings scored his first goal in English football after putting behind him the disappointment of being replaced in the starting line-up by Chris Long, after Sam Vokes was again ruled out with a groin strain.

Dyche explained: “Rouwen is still adapting and we wanted two sets of legs in there to stretch the pitch, with Chris and Andre.

“It worked somewhat and the only reason he came off is he ran out of steam.

“Rouwen would have been disappointed, but his mentality to come on and effect the game was excellent and as soon as he turned we all fancied him.

“His biggest strength is his finishing and that got us back into the game.

“Then, we have a relentless nature and we never go under though. If we do, it’ll be through good play from the opposition, not form our own lack of will and desire.

“We’ve had that scratch of luck to get the equaliser, but I felt we’d deserved it by that stage because we didn’t just have to beat the 11 in front of us.

“Decisions all day didn’t go anywhere near our way, so we have dealt with all that well.”

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