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Dyche Salutes Gray Contribution

9 December 2017

Sean Dyche has hailed the contribution made at Turf Moor by former striker Andre Gray.

Gray returns to his former club for the first time with Watford today as the two surprise packages of the Premier League meet.

And the gaffer remains appreciative of the efforts of a player who scored 32 goals in just league 67 starts during his two-years with the Clarets.

"Andre is a terrific lad and he'll be still finding his feet there, getting use to the players, but he was absolutely top class for us," said Dyche.

"Beyond the weekend I wish I him well. I still send him the odd text like I do a lot of my former players."

The Clarets, sitting seventh, entertain the Hornets, sat just one place and three points behind in the Premier League table in an intriguing contest at Turf Moor.

And Dyche can understand why many people are raising eyebrows at two clubs who are bucking the trend with almost half of the season gone.

"We are written off every year and we're used to that so when you do have such a strong start people will find surprise in that,” said the gaffer, who enjoyed a year at Vicarage Road in his first spell as a manager.

“I've made it clear I think we're in a very healthy position, probably more so than I thought. Not because I doubt my group but because we're honest about how tough the league is.

 “With Watford they've rotated the group, buying and selling again which is their model, and another new manager," he said.

“He could probably work with them more fresh-minded, rather than work with someone else's group, and he's done a very good job.

“They're a different club to the one I left but they're a very good club and one that had a very definite part in my playing career as well as coaching and management.”

Clarets Player will have full, uninterrupted commentary form Turf Moor today, with Tom Heaton joining Phil Bird on commentary from 2.45pm.


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