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Sean Dyche delighted with share of the goals as quality shines through

11 December 2017

Sean Dyche is delighted to see goals going in from across his team as the Clarets enjoy shared success at the top end of the Premier League.

Scott Arfield was last Saturday’s match winner, with a classy finish against Watford giving Burnley the 1-0 win which takes them within two points of the top four ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of Stoke City.

The midfielder is one of eight players to score for the Clarets in the league this season, with Dyche also pleased with the calibre of goals they have been contributing.

“There’s an obvious case for strikers being strikers and we want them to score, of course, but behind that it’s a team event,” said the Burnley boss.

“It’s not just about relying on anyone. It’s relying on everyone, in fact.

“Goals can come from different areas of the pitch for different reasons and Saturday was a good show of it – and another good goal.

“There have been some really high-quality goals this season.

“We crunched the pitch, we nicked the ball back, good calmness from Corky and then a deliberate pass into the box from Johann.

“It was clever play from Jeff Hendrick and then fantastic feet from Scott Arfield.”

Arfield was starting for the first time in seven games and responded with a second goal of the campaign following a point-earning strike at Liverpool in September.

“There were a couple of questions last week about Scott Arfield and I said ‘what, that fellow who has been here through all what we’ve done and all we’ve achieved?” added Dyche.

“I think you’ll find he knows the job and I was delighted for him. It was a really good finish, clean feet and a nice calm slot.

“Yet again, the mentality of the players and the belief in each other is on show.

“That’s got to continue, but it’s intact, that’s for sure.”

Defenders Matt Lowton and Ben Mee remain the Clarets’ two injury concerns for the game against 15th-placed Stoke at Turf Moor.

Lowton’s inclusion is rated as “improbable”, while Mee faces a check on the gash above his knee which ruled him out of the win over Watford.

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