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Dyche: 'That's For The Fans'

29 April 2017

Sean Dyche dedicated Burnley’s long-awaited first away win of the season, at Crystal Palace, to the travelling fans!

The Clarets stunned Selhurst Park with early and late goals from Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray, in a pivotal performance that took them above the Eagles in the Premier League table.

And Dyche was ecstatic after his side buries their away day hoodoo to move within a whisker of guaranteed top flight football again next season.

“It’s a big win for many reasons,” admitted the Clarets cheif.

“It’s a reward for some hard work on the road and the fans have been amazing again today. They have seen us get close and there have been a couple of games when we were scratching our head as to how we haven’t got a victory. 

“So to come here with that hanging over you and deliver that performance was terrific. I made a couple of changes today, two enforced and two not, but I thought to a man the lads were fantastic and that (win) was for those fans.

“When you think we haven’t had that win all season and they have just stuck at it and stayed with us week in and week out, so that one is undoubtedly for them, as well as us.”

Barnes opened the scoring in the seventh minute stroking home Stephen Ward’s cross at the second attempt to join Danny Ings as the club’s joint-top Premier League scorer, with 11 goals, 

Substitute Gray sealed the points in clinical fashion with five minutes remaining, racing clear to drill home and spark wild celebrations in front of the Burnley fans.

Dyche added: “We have to keep working hard because we re not masters of the universe. 

“But I did feel the win would come and the things I am really pleased about was the mentality of the players. I talked to them in the week about the will and desire to keep going despite what everyone was saying on the outside.

“I thought the focus and organisation was terrific. We grew and grew into the game with a strong tactical performance, some excellent individual performances and two very good goals.

“It’s never easy coming here and they were in a fantastic run of form, so when you put all that in the melting pot it’s a big performance and a fantastic win.”

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