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Gaffer Content With Boro Point

8 April 2017

Sean Dyche felt his side were worthy of a point in a tense stalemate at Middlesbrough.

The Clarets created several openings in the second half at the Riverside, after Robbie Brady had clipped the crossbar with a first half free kick.

Boro came closest when Alvaro Negredo saw his acrobatic overhead kick superbly saved by Tom Heaton, after which Matt Lowton cleared two efforts off the line.

And Dyche felt his side were deserving of the draw that inched them eight points clear of the bottom three.

“It was a hard-fought point. A lot has been made of them having a hard run but we know how difficult it is here,” admitted the Clarets chief.

“They are a good side who we knew would have to throw caution to the wind and we came strong in the second half, so in the end I think it was a fair result.

“Robbie (Brady) has nearly scored with two good free kicks and Tom has made a terrific save in the second half from their big chance.

“I thought we were very resolute throughout to be honest and perhaps the one gripe I have of my side is that we get in some fantastic positions and lack that one moment of quality.

“We had three or four unbelievable situations today, but certainly in the end there was no lack of effort and we put our bodies on the line when it got tough.

I take great pride in that. The beauty of the game is there for all to see, but you have to do all the nitty-gritty, all the ugly stuff and the hard stuff and we are very fortunate, when you think of the support we’ve got.”

Dyche, whose side received terrific backing from 1,948 travelling fans, added: “Those fans here today were unbelievable again, not just in numbers but in voice as well because the one thing they have at Burnley is a team who will give them everything – and they got that again today.

“There’s been a hint of frustration with our away results all season because I think some of our performances have warrantd more than we’ve got.

“But it is tough in the Premier League and it’s another clean sheet and another point on the board at the end of a big week in which we’ve picked up four more points to the total.”

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