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Dyche On Bolton Win

27 February 2016

Sean Dyche hailed the perseverance of Andre Gray after the striker struck twice in the last minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Gray, who scored twice against Wanderers earlier this season at Turf Moor, had been frustrated after seeing his goalless sequence approaching five games in a contest where Burnley trailed to Liam Feeney’s 69th minute strike.

But the Championship top scorer pounced within five minutes to level, then scored a sensational winner to send the Clarets to the top of the Championship.

Clarets boss Dyche purred: “We weren’t at our best today, but we had two sublime moments of quality, particularly the second (goal).

“Andre’s finish for the second is absolutely top drawer. It’s just behind him, but he shows great control, good strength and the clarity to strike it like he did was superb.

“He deserved that today because he kept going and going. I praised him afterwards because he gets caught offside and people wonder why. We’ll, that’s why!

“He puts doubt in centre halves’ minds and what a finish that was, from where he was. They are the moments that strikers wait for.”

The Clarets 10-game unbeaten run had looked in danger against a Wanderers side that belied their lowly league positon.

Chances were at a premium until the game exploded into life midway through the second half.

And Dyche was full of praise for the hosts’ and the resilience shown by his own players to dig out a massive three points.

He added: “It was a really good victory against a team who are giving everything at the moment for the club.

“Credit to them because they are fighting for their lives. We knew it was going to be a tough challenge and it was.

“They were very good for pockets of the game and arguably, over the game, had the edge.

“But we have such a strong jaw and a strong mentality and I have great admiration for my players, not only as footballers, but also as people.

“We are showing a way of getting results, no matter how we have to do it. We were way below our best today, but the resilience, the mentality and the human element and how they work for each other was outstanding, I felt.”

Norwegian Fredrik Ulvestad provided the assist for the winning goal, just a minute after replacing David Jones.

And after he and Matt Taylor, along with late substitute Rouwen Hennings, helped tip the game Burnley’s way, Dyche also praised the mentality of his bench.

“I take great pride here in how the substitutes conduct themselves,” he explained.

“They are watching and listening and waiting for their chance to go and affect it and they are a massive part of what we do as a collective and those who are playing understand that.

“They know the mentality to be successful and we have that in abundance.”

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