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Dyche Hails Strong Jaw In City Win

16 April 2016

Sean Dyche again pointed to the Clarets strong jaw as they had the latest say in the enthralling Championship promotion race.

The Clarets ground out a vital win at Birmingham just hours after Middlesbrough had followed fellow challengers Brighton in picking up three more points.

And on full time, Dyche made a point of pointing to his jaw to the 2,332 celebrating Burnley fans as he headed for the tunnel.



He told Clarets Player HD: “I just think it’s important the fans know that I and my players are in this with them.

“I spoke about an alignment when I came here three years ago and I think there is an understanding from the fans that we will give everything.

“I just felt this was an appropriate time to remind them that we have got a strong jaw.

“We showed that, to come back from their goal and still create the chances we did and when the moment of truth came and Andre smacked it in the goal.

“To then see the game out in the manner we did was very good.”



The ever-shifting promotion race has picked up pace in the past week, with Boro (twice) and Brighton both celebrating stoppage time winners between the Clarets victory over Leeds and their ninth away win of the season at St Andrew’s..

Dyche added: “There was plenty of noise around regarding stuff from elsewhere, but the clarity of performance is what we do.

“We can’t affect any of that other stuff. If a twist of fate helps you, then great. If not, it doesn’t affect your own challenge and ours is to keep winning games.

“We believe in what we do for a reason and that’s because we go to win every game and it was on show again today.

“I am just so pleased with the mental side of our game because the lads are looking really, really good at the minute.



“We’re so strong and today was a moment of truth. People would have been questioning that one, so to come back and win was a strong message.

“This is a tough place to come, but to see through that, handle the occasion, play the football we did and score the goals we did is terrific.”

Sam Vokes missed the game with a groin strain, while Joey Barton was substituted at half time, with one eye on Tuesday’s home game against Boro.

Dyche said: “We think Sam has every chance for Tuesday. We have deliberately made a call on that, and Joey had a tight calf just before half time.

“He is old enough and wise enough and felt it and that decision was made quickly.”



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