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Dyche Hails Stunning Start

Boss believes best 45 minutes set up famous 3-2 win at Chelsea

12 August 2017

Sean Dyche hailed one of the finest 45 minutes of his time as Burnley boss as his side set up a memorable win over the Premier League champions.

The Clarets raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea had seen captain Gary Cahill sent off by referee Craig Pawson for a late challenge on Steven Defour.

Sam Vokes netted either side of a stunning effort from Stephen Ward, which gave Dyche’s heroes enough of a cushion to hold off a second-half Chelsea fightback.

“It was a fine day overall, for many different reasons,” said Dyche after the 3-2 victory which gave his side the perfect start to the new campaign.

“I thought we were strong early in the game, while it was 11 v 11. The sending off made a difference and I thought we did really, really well to handle that and keep the ball and create chances.

“We scored three good goals and I think when you are talking about who you are playing against and where you are playing, that’s up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here.

“It’s rare for any game in the Premier League to be three goals up at half time, but particularly so when you are down at Chelsea.

“The shape and organisation was great. The second half became a different game, but they had to do something.”

Chelsea hit back through former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and then after Cesc Fabregas had been sent off to leave the Londoners down to nine men, David Luiz added a second to make it a nervy finish.

But the Clarets saw it through to bury memories of last season’s lengthy wait for an elusive first away win.

“The awkward thing was whether to stick, or go and try to get a fourth, but you are reliant on the shape of your team, either way and I thought we did enough overall to make sure we got the win,” added Dyche.

“They are two soft goals we gave away, but they are fine players, so to see that through and come away with a very good win is pleasing.

“It’s still not easy 3-0 up here against 10 men. They are champions for a reason. They keep coming at you. They are bringing on Morata from the bench.

“So, to see the players see through all of that and just stay calm enough and hang on and finish the game in the right manner was very, very pleasing.

“A lot was made of our away form last season, and don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t correct it. But it’s a great start.

“It kills all the stories off immediately by getting a first win, a first away win and giving the fans a great afternoon out.

“I also think it’s important to mention the officials. I attempt to stay away from referees the best I can.

“We do question them at times so it’s important to remind ourselves when they do well and I think he and his linesmen did a very good job today.”

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