Sean Dyche saw beauty in Burnley’s “ugly” win over Leeds United at Turf Moor
The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to a remarkable 18 games after Scott Arfield’s classy strike after just 60 seconds settled a nervy Roses clash.
And boss Dyche insisted the win was everything as his players kept their nerve to pick up another precious three points.
He said: “It was a very tough win. I thought the freedom Leeds showed came from our good start and goal and we were a bit nervy and edgy, but we’re human, so I expect that.
“The crowd were the same and they are human as well, but you have to find a way to win and we’ve done it again.
“That’s a hugely important factor because we all know we can play better than that.
“But all of the basic details and principles of playing a game are not about glorious football; they are about doing all the ugly things in order to win and we’ve done that.
“I was really pleased with all that ugly stuff and the key is winning!
“At this stage of the season you are not looking at anything else. Early in the season you are building a team and a future for that team.
“Now it’s about the immediate future and that’s our key focus and that will continue.”
Dyche added: “What’s weird is that people are using that word luck. But you can’t luck your way to the top of the league at this stage of the season.
“It’s an impossibility and before anyone throws that at us, I’ll show you the 11 penalties we’ve not been given this season!
“There’s a balance to everything and we’ve got the win we needed and that calms everyone down after three draws, which strangely seemed to make a big story after we’d won six on the trot.
Arfield’s eighth goal of the season ended a smart move that saw Sam Vokes - who later pick up a groin strain that Dyche did not think was too serious – feed Andre Gray.
He in turn slipped in the Canadian international for his first goal in two months.
Dyche added: “Scotty has been questioned lately and a few of the fans have been on at him, but I reminded him on Friday that he has the highest performing statistics from a wide man in the Championship.
“He has the most goals and most assists, so I told him ‘just remember what you are’.
“He started brightly, scored a great goal and was effective throughout the game. He keeps on going and he will do all the ugly stuff when he needs to, in addition to the pretty stuff.”