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Dyche Dedicates Double To The Fans

5 March 2016

Sean Dyche dedicated Burnley’s first league double over Blackburn since 1978 to the Clarets fans.

Andre Gray’s early penalty – his 21st goal of the campaign - helped seal the latest victory following the memorable win at Ewood Park earlier this season.

And Dyche was quick to salute the Turf Moor faithful, following a big win that put his side back on top of the Championship.

Dyche said: “When I got here, I was told we hadn’t beaten Blackburn in 34 years or whatever.

“Well, we haven’t lost now since I’ve been here in six games and we’ve now done the double over them.

“That means a lot in these parts. For me, it’s about the points. It’s a badge of honour, somewhat, but it doesn’t mean anything more than that.

“It’s another big win for the people and I am delighted for them.”

Dyche added: “We were nowhere near our best today and we’ve won, which is a fantastic thing.

“Our players were bound to be a bit nervous. They knew before the game how long it had been, but we’d beaten them away and it was about can we now beat them at home?

“All that goes into the mix, and in the second half we never performed by our own standards, but in balance our framework was excellent and our will and desire were there.

“However, the outcome is everything in these games.

“That’s my sixth and there hasn’t been a classic, football-wise, yet. It was blood and thunder and muck and nettles and we’ve come out on top again today.

“That’s so important because it means a lot to the people in this area.”

The Clarets had to weather an aerial bombardment after the break as an increasingly direct Rovers looked for a way back into the derby.

But Dyche, who preferred Michael Kane to James Tarkowski in the heart of defence, was delighted as his side ground out a 15th clean sheet of the season.

He said: “You have to be in it to win it and we are very rarely out of a game.

“The great thing about this team – and teams I have worked with here - is that even if someone gets the upper hand, we have a marvellous way of getting something from a game.

“No matter what it takes, we can find a way. We went through a spell of scoring threes, fours and five.

“I think we are still the top goalscorers in the division. But the other side of it is if it’s not your day how do you win a game?

“Well we’ve shown really good signs of how to do that.

“In the second half we have dealt with constant long balls coming in to the box – and I’m amazed by some of the decisions that went against us – but we defended resolutely enough to take all three points.”

He added: “Of course, tonight we will all enjoy this for different reasons.

“Some of the lads have friends and family up here, and some even have Burnley relatives. But tomorrow morning we will be recovering and ready to go again because we have another important one on Tuesday.”

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