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Dyche: Defeat Would Have Been A Travesty

19 April 2016

Sean Dyche felt his side fully deserved their late leveller to deny Middlesbrough victory at Turf Moor.

The Burnley manager felt the crowd played their part in helping his side overcome the blow of conceding an opportunistic Jordan Rhodes strike 21 minutes from time.

And in contrast to recent weeks, when injury time goals have gone against the Clarets, the roar around Turf Moor when Keane stabbed home a 92nd minute equaliser spoke volumes for the importance of a precious point.

The gaffer said: “It was a fantastic finale and fully deserved. I think our fans have seen our team give everything tonight.

“Not just the will and drive, I thought some of the quality tonight was excellent against a very good side.

“But those fans were outstanding tonight. I said a few weeks ago they were a bit quiet and they have to be more patient with the team and that’s how we want Turf Moor to be. 

“There was a fantastic feeling inside the stadium and they thoroughly deserve to witness that goal because I think it’s fair to say, with how dominant we were in that second half, that it would have been a travesty if we’d not got a point.

“Their players have thrown their bodies on the line and hardly had a shot in the second half.

“The only disappointing thing for me is that for their goal it’s not a free kick.

“That’s how important these decisions are because they spoon one into the box, we don’t deal with it and they nick a goal.

“Other than that the mentality, the quality and energy was absolutely outstanding tonight and that all bodes well for the coming games.”

Burnley now have the chance to exert pressure on both Middlesbrough and Brighton as they play first this weekend, in the Lancashire derby at Preston.

Dyche added: “It’s important now that we remain focused on what the challenge is.

“The next one is a big one, as is the one after that and the final one. But for now, we look forward to Friday.”

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