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Dyche Takes Positives From Cup Defeat

25 August 2016

Sean Dyche insisted there were positives to take following the EFL Cup second round defeat at Accrington Stanley.

Matty Pearson’s 120th minute goal provided a shock as the Clarets’ League Two neighbours earned a plum draw away to West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.

And Dyche, who made 10 changes from the side that beat Liverpool at Turf Moor four days earlier, admitted the defeat was a double edged sword.

The gaffer said: “It was a pretty dominant performance in many ways, certainly by chances created, but we’re about outcomes here.

“I speak about it a lot, so I can’t change my tune just because we dominated and didn’t win.

“You have got to take care of business and we didn’t do that.  Of course it’s really important to get good game time for the rest of the squad, but that wasn’t the aim because these views can be misread by people.

“The aim was to win a game of football and go through in the cup.  That team that went out was strong enough to win the game. 

“The bonus is that, whatever happened, people got game time and more time to sharpen up and progress into themselves, so when we need them they’re ready.

“That’s the bonus, but I must make it clear that our side did enough and should have done enough to win the game.”

Another bonus for the gaffer was the performance of young Aussie midfielder Aiden O’Neill.

The 18-year-old made his full debut for the club, and Dyche was full of praise, especially after surviving an early tackle that the gaffer felt warranted a red card.

He added: “I can’t say too much because I will get in trouble, but Aiden is lucky not to get a broken leg.

“I’ve seen the state of his leg and how that is not a red card in modern football I am amazed at, along with the two footed challenge in the second half. 

“You can only ask referees to referee the game properly and appropriately and I would be surprised if he felt that he did this evening.

“Aiden’s leg is in an awful state, but I thought he was absolutely outstanding to come through that and to play with the maturity that he does. 

“If he keeps progressing as he is and keeps maturing he’s got a bright future, without a shadow of a doubt. 

“But I must make this clear, I don’t want to sound like I’m crying it in, there were two really poor moments from a referee and beyond that credit must go to Accrington.

“You’ve got to win a game and they found a way of winning.”

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