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Dyche Hails Great Scott!

9 December 2017

Sean Dyche praised matchwinner Scott Arfield and defender Kevin Long for their input as the Clarets picked up another three points with victory over 10-man Watford.

Canadian international Arfield, in for the injured Robbie Brady, popped up with the crucial winner at the end of the first half, following Marvin Zeelelaar’s red card for a lunge on Steven Defour.

And with Long deputising for sidelined skipper Ben Mee in his first start of the season, a seventh clean sheet of the campaign kept Burnley seventh in the Premier League.

“Scott works ever so hard for the team and sometimes it’s that old favourite that familiarity breeds a bit of contempt and it shouldn’t do because again he has popped up with a fine goal” said the Burnley boss.

“He grew into the game, especially in the second half, as did Kevin Long, who also did well because it’s not easy sometimes to be dropped in.

“The pride I have in the people who are not playing here is immense. When you are playing well and the team is playing well, things look after themselves in a sense, but if you are on the edge of it, it’s sometimes difficult.

But the way these lads work with the staff during the week, I marvel at, and it happened again today.”

Dyche added: “Overall, it’s about raising the minimum. If you are having a quiet day, can you keep doing the right things and I felt we did in the first 15 or 20 minutes today because they played well.

“It was a tough game with two sides that are going well this season. They changed their shape today, which we thought they might do, so I am just really pleased overall.

“They started the better, but their keeper had made a great save when the red card came – and I thought it was a definite red – and overall we saw the game out well and got a fully deserved victory.

“The main thing for me is that we can see the group is moving forwards.

“Obviously, eventually you are judged on the league table, but it’s fantastic for the area and the fans. Our professionalism tells me we have to keep working hard for everything we get.”

 


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