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Dyche Hails "Exceptional" Defence

21 September 2015

Sean Dyche hailed his back line as “absolutely exceptional” as a rearguard display ground out a point at Derby.

The Clarets extended their hoodoo over the Rams to 11 unbeaten games after repelling a second half powerplay from the hosts.

However, the Clarets stood firm to limit Tom Heaton to just two saves from distance as Burnley made it five games unbeaten and left big-spending County still looking for their first home victory.

Dyche said: “That’s a hard earned point and we were expecting it to be. Everyone keeps telling me these are the market leaders and favourites by a long shot.

“They have spent £20m and have added a deep squad to the one they already had.

“But we’ve got a good feeling about ourselves and coming off the back of four wins, to get a clean sheet and a point here is a very good result.

“It’s not about measuring yourself; it’s about coming to places like this and focusing on what you do.

“I’ve mentioned in the past few weeks that we’ve found ways of winning and you sometimes have to do that to get points on the board in the Championship.

“We have had to fight really hard in the second half and I am so pleased tonight. The way the back five performed was absolutely exceptional.

“The work you do on the training ground with the staff and the players really comes in to its own when you deliver a performance like that and that’s why you do it.

“Sometimes you have to get the points through being really organised, solid and working extremely hard.”

Dyche, who lost record signing Andre Gray to a hamstring injury after half an hour of a more even first half, added: “They (Derby) fill the midfield and at some points, with the two full backs going forward they had seven midfielders.

“They were playing it around but not really getting near our goal, so we were ready for that. It ended up being long stuff from them, with no real golden chances, so I am delighted with the framework of the side, that’s for sure.

“In the end we just couldn’t find the out-ball and ended up going back to front too early. But overall we are really happy to come off four wins and take a clean sheet and a point here.”

On Gray’s hamstring injury, Dyche added: “We’ll have to wait and see.

“It looks like a minor hamstring but certainly the way he was moving I’m hopeful it’s only a minor one, rather than a serious one.”

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