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Dyche Salutes Matchwinner Gray

26 December 2016

Sean Dyche saluted Andre Gray after the Clarets striker pounced to seal a Christmas haul of three big points against Middlesbrough.

Gray, who had been kept quiet by Boro’s miserly back line, smashed home a fabulous volley from Sam Vokes’ knock-down with 10 minutes remaining to maintain the Clarets’ blistering home form.

And boss Dyche was delighted that last season’s 25-goal hitman found the one moment of skill to unlock Boro’s defence.

He said: “It’s a sublime finish. People might ask whether the keeper could have done better, but Andre has taken it so early and with great power and it ends up in that spot low down where the keeper doesn’t like it and squirms in.

“All credit to Andre because he didn’t get too much today, but he sticks in there and when one came along he took it.”

Burnley’s sixth home win of the campaign took their tally to 20 points as the halfway point of the season approaches.

Dyche continued: “The main thing is you have to continue to get points on the board.

“I’ve spoken on many, many occasions about finding a way to win because that’s a really important part of what you do, for my staff and the players.

“We have done that many times and we’ve done it again today, so I am really pleased.

“It was a hard-fought three points. It was tough for both sides in terms of the conditions, and against a side that have done well on the road this year.

“They defend in big numbers and are difficult to break down sometimes, but we showed strong signs of it in the first half, when their keeper made a couple of big saves.

“The second half was more of a ding-dong affair, but we went and got ourselves a really good goal from our point of view.

“There are still big challenges ahead of us and we know we need to improve the away form.

“But overall, at home, we’ve given our fans a lot to cheer about in the last calendar year, for many different reasons.

“From when I came here four years ago, it doesn’t half have a nice ring to it that we have strong home form in the Premier League.

“I think most fans would take that.”

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