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Dyche Points To Another Positive Display

22 November 2015

Sean Dyche felt his side created enough to bring Brighton’s unbeaten league run to an end in a tight Turf Moor clash.

Andre Gray’s third minute penalty, to cancel our Bobby Zamora’s first minute opener, lit the blue touchpaper on what promised to be an explosive top of the table clash.

But that’s where the goalscoring ended, despite George Boyd and Rouwen Hennings both forcing good first saves from David Stockdale - and Burnley having two second half chances to win it through Scott Arfield.

Dyche said: “Chances wide we definitely edged it, but I thought it was a good game between two very good sides.

“On the feel of the game it was always looking like a close one and they got a fortuitous start, with the ball bouncing around our box and landing at their feet for them to score.

“It was a great immediate response though, with a definite penalty and I’m pleased with that because we’ve not had many given this season.

“I found it impossible that their two centre halves weren’t in trouble earlier in the game for pulling Andre Gray’s shirt.

But I don’t want to overthink that and I thought it was an excellent decision for the penalty.

“We then created enough chances to win the game, but in the end we have to be realistic with the challenge.

“Brighton are a good side and so are we and we have done enough to edge the game today and that’s what you have to do, but we go away with another positive feeling within ourselves and we’ll go again next week.”

Dyche, who made the decision to leave Sam Vokes out following a morning fitness test on his injured groin, added: “We have a strong unit and mental strength.

“We had a big blow with losing Sam before the game and he’s been a big part of what we are about this season, yet the team played with clarity and with a good organisation to take the game on.

“I’m pleased with the respect of the group too. You can see how they are willing to work for each other and they don’t do disappointments.

“We respond well and with clear minds.”

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