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Dyche: We Stayed In It To Win It

25 January 2016

Sean Dyche hailed the Turf Moor victory over Derby County after the Clarets stayed in it to win it!

County dominated the opening half at Turf Moor, which ended level after Jacob Butterfield cancelled out a Richard Keogh own goal that put Burnley ahead.

Keogh own goal

But in the second half the hosts ran riot as penalties from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes and a fourth from Scott Arfield extended the Clarets hoodoo over County.

Dyche said: “That’s the magic of football. It never pans out how you thing it will and it was a game of two halves.

“They showed what a good side they are, but never really penetrated enough to threaten Tom Heaton.

“But against that, we showed good resilience and organisation, and there was good will and demand from my players, knowing full well that it’s hard for teams at this level to dominate a whole football match.

“We felt at half time we’d done a lot of good work and that it was time for us to progress the game and we certainly did that.

“I enjoyed the second half because some of the play was terrific, not just the goals.”

Gray’s penalty, for a foul by Keogh, was followed three minutes later by a Jason Shackell hand ball that Vokes surprisingly stepped up to convert.

Dyche explained: “It was pure trust on my side. I trust them and I think penalties are something an individual has to want to do.

“I would never pick a penalty taker; I would offer it to those who want to take it. They obviously did and I knew Andre would take the first. I didn’t know Sam would take the second.

“But I am more than happy to trust my players with those decisions. I decide a lot for them, but sometimes you have to trust them.

“They have great trust in each other, and that was evident tonight.”

The margin of victory made it three four-goal hauls in four Turf Moor games – and 14 in the last four matches.

Dyche added: “We had that little bumpy ride, but our performance levels were there so it wasn’t a bad run.

“I’m not trying to brush anything under the carpet, but we created good chances in some of them games and they didn’t go in.

“Goals change games and now we are creating and scoring and that’s the difference.”

He added: “We have crunched the league up again, which is important. I said we’d played a lot of good teams away and they are coming back here now.

“We’ve laid down a market for ourselves tonight with that performance and outcome and it has to continue.

“You can’t just sit on your laurels, so we will refocus and go in the next one.”

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