SEAN Dyche was delighted at his side’s second half response as they came from behind to stun Middlesbrough and reach the FA Cup fourth round.
Rouwen Hennings first half stoppage time strike cancelled out Diego Fabbrini’s earlier goal, before Stephen Ward’s first competitive goal for the Clarets stunned the Riverside.
And Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who made four changes and was without leading scorer Andre Gray through a broken finger, was proud of his “coupon busters!”
Dyche said: “Arguably, statistically, this is one of the toughest places to come at the moment, probably across the four divisions.
“They have only conceded two goals here in the league all season, so to win, when most people would see that as a coupon buster, is very pleasing.
“I wasn’t pleased at half time and I had a quiet word, let’s say!
“They had one bit of good play for the goal and Tom Heaton has done magnificently to keep things right for us.
“In the second half we mixed it up better and had them on the back foot, so I was very pleased with that tactically.
“I am always pleased with the mentality and I am just really pleased with the response. You can speak to people in different ways, but there has to be a reaction and there certainly was.”
Tendayi Darikwa, Fredrik Ulvestad and Rouwen Hennings – making his first start away from Turf Moor – all caught the eye.
And along with George Boyd, back in the starting line-up, Dyche was delighted with the result of his tactical changes.
He added: “The players who came in, who hadn’t played for a while and did very well. Freddie and Tendayi have come in and done well, so there are very good signs and a very strong performance, especially towards the end when I didn’t think we were in any trouble.
“It’s also lovely cool finish from Rouwen. He is learning about the culture of the football here and how we operator. He is an intelligent footballer and he is improving, so I am very pleased for him.
“Wardy has then popped up with a great winner and it’s a very nice strike and worthy of winning a game, I felt, because they didn’t have too many chances in that second half.”
Gray, who travelled with the team, is expected to be fit to face MK Dons on Tuesday, despite his injury, suffered in training.
Dyche explained: “Andre unfortunately had a fall in training on Friday and broke his finger.
“The good news is that’s not going to stop him and the specialist is happy with it.
“He wasn’t going to start today, but he would have been involved, but with such a fresh injury it made sense to leave him as a precaution, but he’ll be right for Tuesday.”