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Dyche Takes The Positives From Hull Draw

10 September 2016

Sean Dyche looked at the positives after his side were denied a second Premier league home win at the death.

Robert Snodgrass’s free kick with virtually the last kick of the game nicked a point for the visitors after Steven Defour’s second half stunner looked to have won it.

And Dyche acknowledged that late goals are just a part and parcel of life!

He said: “It’s the reality of football. You have to see the game through and I must say the players pretty much did.

“It’s good honesty from Ben Mee, who has gone to block the expected shot and just lost his footing.

“Their lad has then put it in with a good bit of talent to be fair, but we’ve done that to many a team before.

“That’s just the way it goes, but it’s another point on the board in one of the most challenging leagues in the world.

“That’s four on the board already and it took us a lot longer to get that last time – and it could easily have been six after today.

“There are a lot of good things and I think we are in better shape and stronger and the mix of our football is getting better.

“We’re not just expecting to roll over everyone, I can assure, you, but we’re expecting to be competitive in every game we play and other than the Chelsea game we’ve done that.

Patrick Bamford makes a late debut

“There’s more belief in the players, so there are plenty of positives.

“In the first half we started a little tentatively, but you have to remember we’ve just had a tough game at Chelsea and that can leave a mark.

“But I thought after 15 or 20 minutes we came into the game and improved again in the second half and overall I felt we just did enough in a close game.”

Dyche reserved special praise for Defour, whose man of the match performance looked to have earned a second successive home win.

And he explained that Jeff Hendrick was never in line for a start after only meeting up with his new team mates 48 hours before the game.

The gaffer said: “We know Steven is a very good player and that’s why we brought him to this club.

“He has played 46 times for Belgium in what is arguably one of their golden eras, and he has adapted here very well.

“He‘s getting fitter and we’re all seeing that now. In the end he had to come off because his calves were getting tighter because he is still adapting to Premier League football.

“But I thought his quality was excellent today.

“As for Jeff, he’s only been in the building for 48 hours due to the madness of the transfer window, and you have to get them used to the culture and environment, the tactical side, the
game plan and set pieces, and then play them!

“I decided not to because I think that’s pretty inhumane to do that.”

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