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Dyche Urges Turf Faithful To Remain Positive

24 February 2016

Sean Dyche urged the Burnley crowd to keep backing his players after victory over Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to 10 games.

The Clarets boss felt the Turf Moor crowd were unusually edgy in a tight affair settled by Sam Vokes’ 10th goal of the season midway through the second half.

The gaffer said: “I was just really pleased tonight against a side who have been renowned this season for being defensively sound.

“They have frustrated some teams home and away, but they didn’t manage to do that over the 90 minutes tonight.

“There were a lot of good things tonight in a very dominant performance, particularly in the first half.

“The only thing tonight is I thought the crowd were a bit edgy and that transmits itself out on to the pitch.  We are not normally like that.

“We need to keep that positive feel because it’s not easy out there when you are just trying to win games all the time.

“Expectancy changes. We’ve been down this road before by the way, and I said a couple of years ago to keep calm and stick with the players because they will give you everything, as they did again tonight.”

Dyche, whose side racked up a fourth successive clean sheet in the league for the first time since April, 2007, added: “We were a wall at the back and I thought the whole back five were solid.

“I thought we were just a bit flippant in that first half with the ball, but people were probably wondering how we weren’t ahead in the game.

“They (Forest) had a reaction after half time and that can happen, but we were resolute in our organisation and with the ability to defend as we are doing.

“In the end, although the scoreline doesn’t suggest it, I thought we won the game quite comfortably in the end and it was a great goal to win it.

“It was fantastic from George Boyd because you can panic on those situations and have a swing at it, but he realises someone is behind him and lets it run through his legs for a comfortable finish from Sam.

“I said early season that Sam was delivering good performances, even though the goals weren’t flowing.

“He is scoring freely now and Andre is playing his part by supplying the assists. So there is a nice mixture between them at the moment.”

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