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Dyche Hails Substitutes' Impact In Cherries Win

10 December 2016

Sean Dyche was delighted at his second half substitutions, which proved pivotal as Burnley saw off Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

Dyche threw Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes into the mix early in the second half as the Cherries, who trailed 2-1, looked to cancel out the Clarets’ early two-goal lead.

Both then played their part in getting Burnley back on the front foot, capped by George Boyd’s thunderous strike 15 minutes from time, which proved to be the winner.

The gaffer said: “They came out brighter and something that is out of our hands, so I was super pleased with our substitutions.

“I don’t often try to take credit but I thought Andre and Ashley had a massive effect when they came on.

“I’m learning too, don’t forget. Often, it’s a case of you waiting for something to happen to make a substitution, but today I was pro-active in making something happen, so I’m pleased with my staff’s input because it clearly had an effect on that game and we created three or four really good chances after that.”

Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring with a goal of the season contender before Stephen Ward doubled the hosts’ lead inside the opening 16 minutes.

Benik Afobe halved the deficit in first half stoppage time and after Boyd’s exquisite strike again gave Burnley clear water, Charlie Daniels made it a nervy final few moments with a 93rd minute consolation.

Dyche added: “I was pleased overall. We wanted to start bright, although I’m not talking about coaching a goal of that standard!

“Jeff’s strike deserves to be shown all weekend and Boydy’s is a great hit too. He’s come off the wrong side to make his run and Andre’s clever click sets him up for a fine finish.

“We’ve never tried to bluff anyone about what we are. We work from our framework and mix the play when we need to, but I thought there was a good mixture today.

“We thought it was important to get the ball forward, because of their result against Liverpool. They came here shoulders back, but a fine goal and a set-piece goal got us going and then the game changed.

“They almost gained a freedom and thought what do we have to lose. They shifted it quickly and Eddie has a good side there; they showed that.

“There was some extra time found from somewhere at the end of the first half that allowed
them to score and that changed the half time feel again.

“But we’ve found a way of scoring at home, no matter what shape we play and that’s an important fact, especially today against a side that has matured from staying in the Premier League last season.

“They look a little bit more clear-minded than us and we are still gaining that knowledge.

“But that’s the journey we are on and now we have to find that away from home.”

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