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Dyche Happy At Ibrox Victory

30 July 2016

Sean Dyche was delighted after Rangers were put to the sword in a convincing Ibrox victory.

The Clarets boss watched his side notch up a fourth win in five unbeaten pre-season games thanks to Andre Gray’s clinical hat-trick.

Dyche felt his players eased off the pace in the closing third of the game, when Rangers earned a consolation goal through a Ben Mee deflection.

But the gaffer declared himself happy at the progress in the penultimate warm-up game, before the Premier League season kicks off in two weeks’ time.

He said: “It was a very solid performance and that’s probably doing the lads down a bit.

“It was a very good performance in the sense that our game plan was good.

“We understood how it might pan out and we have to get used to different ways of playing, particularly in the Premier League.

“They (Rangers) try to make the pitch big and a lot of Premier League clubs do that, so it was a good exercise in how we could counteract that with the shape of our team.

“I thought our game plan was very good and executed very well.

“I was just a bit picky with the players in the last 25 minutes because we were 3-0 up and had control of the game and we eased away from it and got loose.

“We gave away a couple of maybes and if you are playing at a higher level, those maybes turn into chances and in the Premier League, players take them.

“That was the only thing, because the organisation and shape was very solid.

“I don’t think Tom had an enormous amount to do over the whole game, other than a few things from distance.

“I’m far from disgruntled with it. It’s another win and that’s another step forward.

“I’m just trying to get them to understand that if you give players that little glimmer in the Premier League, it’s a different story, so we have to make sure we are locked into our habits all the time.”

Dyche, who revealed that Stephen Ward had joined Ashley Barnes in picking up a minor hamstring injury that forced him to miss the game, added: “The fitness and focus are getting better and that was more game time today, so we’ll have a strong week this week into the Sociedad game.

“There may be a bit of fatigue because this is our last week when we can do some really heavy work, before we go into the season nicer and sharp.”

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