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Dyche Proud at United Draw

26 December 2017

Sean Dyche was full of pride after the Clarets came within minutes of an historic win at Manchester United.

The Clarets led 2-1 going into stoppage time, through first goals from Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour.
 
Jesse Lingar’d who had halved the deficit early in the second half, then struck a dramatic 91st minute leveller to snatch a point for Jose Mourinho’s men.
 
But after adding a point at United to draws at Liverpool and Spurs – and an opening day win at Chelsea – Dyche bore no disappointment at seeing his side denied a famous win.
 
“There is nothing other than pride in what we’ve achieved today,” he said. “The squad is at stretch and I’ve spoken many times about my belief in the group and that was on show today.
 
“On the back of an awkward game (against Spurs) the other day, it’s a fantastic point because it’s very difficult to come here. 
 
“They’ve only lost to Manchester City and not dropped another point, but we made a great start and got in among them.
 
“In the second half we had to dig in and that’s what you have to do at these grounds, so overall, it’s hard to be disappointed after scoring two goals at Old Trafford and taking a point.”
 
Barnes slammed home the opener three minutes in, before Defour illuminated Old Trafford with a David Becham-esque free kick that gave David De Gea no chance.
 
United pressed Burnley back in the second half and, after Lingard’s 53rd minute back-heel offered the hosts a lifeline, the second half substitute fired home form a disputed free kick, awarded against Sam Vokes, to level things up.
 
“There was a calmness to the group, we’ve scored two good goals – the second a fantastic free kick against one of the best keepers in the world - and the only frustration is that I don’t know what Vokesy is meant to do for the free kick that led to their second goal,” added Dyche.
 
“Their lad jumps into him and you either give nothing, or more probably, it’s a free kick to us. But look, it’s one of those things and overall I am just very, very pleased.
 
“It’s another hard-earned point and a good point. All I have been harping on about is the side moving forwards and they will learn so much from today.
 
“You have to get points and wins on the board and we’re doing that. 
 
“It’s highly unlikely you are going to come to a place like this and dominate possession and the chance count. 
 
“Therefore you have to find a way of operating that can get you something and that’s why there’s no disappointment from me, just pride in the way the players have gone about it.”
 

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