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Gaffer: A Good Week's Work

16 December 2017

Sean Dyche was delighted as a good week ended with a hard-earned point at Brighton.

The Clarets collected their third clean sheet in seven days, following Glenn Murray’s first half penalty miss.

And following Turf Moor victories against Watford and Stoke City, which lifted his team to fifth in the Premier League table, the gaffer praised his players’ collective efforts.

He said: “I thought today, on reflection, that a point is a very good result.

“It was a tight game They (Brighton) rested players to go down to Tottenham in the week and they obviously viewed this as a big game and one they could win

“I’m pleased that they didn’t and I’m pleased that we had a third clean sheet and seven points in a week.

“In the Premier League that’s a tough ask and I’m delighted with the players for their week’s work.

Finding ways to win and finding ways to get a point in this league is very difficult, no matter who you are playing, so that’s a really good return.”

A ninth shut-out for Nick Pope made it 354 minutes since the Clarets last conceded a goal.

Dyche added: “I’m pleased with the defensive work and it’s another clean sheet for Popey.

“He’s not had great things to do, but he made a big save in the first half, but his handling was very good and he comes for crosses, but he’s got a team in front of him that is willing to work.

“I thought we were going strong as the game went on. They had the better of the first half, when we weren’t realty at the races, but in the second half we got stronger and stringer, in a hard-fought awkward game for both teams.

“They wanted to come out of an awkward run, whereas we are on a very good run and wanted to continue that. It made for a tight affair.”

Murray’s defining 36th minute penalty came when the Albion striker tumbled in the box following an innocent looking clash with James Tarkowski.

And the gaffer felt justice was done when Murray spurted the gift by blazing over from 12 yards

“That’s an honest attempt to go and run for the ball and it’s a tangle of legs,” said Dyche.

“It’s hard because it’s in the area and do they get given or not. If that’s in the middle of the pitch does it get given?

It’s a tangle of legs; there’s no deliberate action, I don’t think. But it’s a tough one to call. That’s what it looked like from where I was.”

 


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