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Dyche Hails Clarets' Will To Win

20 February 2016

Sean Dyche was delighted as the Clarets dug deep to extend their unbeaten run to nine games with victory over Rotherham.

Sam Vokes’ 27th minute penalty put the Clarets on course for victory, which was finally sealed six minutes from time by Scott Arfield after the Millers went gung-ho in search of an equaliser.

And Dyche hailed the determination shown by his players to grind out three more points that lifted the Clarets into the top two for the first time in over three months.

The gaffer said: “We have played some fantastic football here recently, but today wasn’t about that.

“Today was about endeavour, guts, determination and then the moments of quality and we got all of that right today.

“It was a bitty game that wasn’t always easy on the eye, but we’ve taken care of business well.

“It’s always tricky when a new manager comes in and changes the format. Neil’s (Warnock’s) teams are always hard to play against, so we knew it would be a tough game.

“You have to play your game, but you also have to deal with how the opposition play and we formed a way of playing today to get the all-important win. I really like that.

“Credit to Rotherham because they have come here and had a real go.

“It’s probably a free one in their eyes and their manager is a wily old fox who made it difficult be getting the ball forward a lot today, but we dealt with that and I am just really pleased overall.”

Dyche added: “Some of our pockets of play produced some very good football and we didn’t half create some chances.

“The strange twist is we were 1-0 up and looking solid and they had one of the best chances of the game.

“That’s what we love the game because they could have got back in it, but then we go and take one of our chances to seal it.

“I think it would have been unjust if they had got something from the game, but you never know.

“Sometimes the hardest fight to win is the one you are expected to and we took care of business well today.”

James Tarkowski was forced into a debut after fellow centre back Michael Keane was forced off following a clash of heads midway through the first half.

However, Dyche insisted Keane had recovered from bang by the time was game was over.

He added: “Michael just felt a little bit off. Nowadays they are far more diligent with head injuries and rightly so, and our medical team made a call on it.

“He is fine though now, but obviously we will keep an eye on him over the next 24 hours.”

The Clarets went second in the Championship for the first time since beating Fulham at Turf Moor on November 3.

However, Dyche insisted he was fully grounded ahead of the Clarets’ home game against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

He said: “I’m not really that worried about the table at this stage. I’m aware of it, of course, but my job is to focus on the next game and we roll on to Tuesday.

“The lads will have a settled night now knowing they have got an important win to take us forward and we’ve got a good mentality, but winning one doesn’t owe you anything next time.”


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