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Dyche: We're Still In Good Shape

23 April 2017

Sean Dyche insists the Clarets remain in “good shape” despite suffering a home defeat to in-form Manchester United.

The Reds’ effectively wrapped up victory by half time thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.

But Dyche was pleased with the character shown by his side, who lost Ben Mee to a bruised shin at half time.

The Clarets boss said: “Overall, we stuck at it, but you are playing a top side. It’s rare that teams go 22 unbeaten by luck, even with the number of changes they have had to make.

“They are still top players. The only unfortunate thing form our performance today was that we gave them the upper hand too easily.

“For the first goal, we should make the foul. That was obvious to everyone and then, as these clinical players do, they make you pay.

“The second one came with a poor start defensively and two lucky moments when the ball finds its way into net.

“At 0-2 down it’s tough, but the positive aspects are the mentality to stick at it. You can easily take a knock in this game, but you have to get back on it and I thought our mentality from both goals was good.”

Martial opened the scoring after bursting from midfield on a counter attack, evading the challenge of Joey Barton and sliding home following a one-two with Herrera.

Rooney then squeezed the ball over the line for the second after Tom Heaton had initially saved from Martial, to put half time daylight between the two teams.

Dyche, who revealed that absent duo Sam Vokes and Scott Arfield should be fit for next weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace, added: “I thought some of the quality going into their box was very good and there were some good individual performances.

“We forged enough to at least put doubt in their minds and there are times, against this calibre of team, when you don’t create anything, so that was another marker for us.

“But the bigger picture for me is we’ve just come out of spell where we’ve played seven out of 11 games away from home and in that we’ve played five of the top six.

“It was always going to be a tough spell, but we’ve come out of it still in good shape. We definitely need to continue performing because the points can twist by the week.

“It’s more important that we continue to believe in our performances. We’ve two really important games here and two more away from home.

“The stats suggest we’ll get something away, but we have to make that happen.”

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