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Dyche: Chelsea Point Shows Our Growth

12 February 2017

Sean Dyche felt the deserved draw against runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea was a clear sign of the continued growth of his players.

Record signing Robbie Brady’s scintillating 24th minute free kick cancelled out Pedro’s early strike, as the Clarets came from behind for the first time this season to earn a reward for their endeavours.

After that, Burnley created the better chances, with Tom Heaton having little to do behind a resilient defence.

And Dyche was proud of his players’ display as the 30-point milestone was reached.

The gaffer said: “It (the result) was a measure of sorts. It’s hard to measure against a team as good as that, but it definitely shows the growth, both as individuals and as a team.

“There was an assuredness about our play today and I was so pleased about that.

“For the first 15 or 20 minutes our front two weren’t screening the midfield well enough, so we managed to change that and for the rest of the game we handled that really well.

“We also had good moments ourselves and we certainly ruffled feathers and made them think it could be an awkward one, which it was in the end.

“There was no disappointment following their goal either. Sometimes things happen early in football matches and you have to react, and I was so pleased with the mentality to stick to and believe in what we do and deliver the performance we did.”

Chelsea failed to register a shot on target following the goal as they tried in vain to break down the Clarets, who rose to 12th with the valuable point.

Dyche said: “It’s pleasing for me as a manager to think they had to adapt and change things to try and break us down, but it’s still vital that our players deliver a performance and they did that today.

“Players are what teams are about and I think the fans appreciate what they are seeing.

“I spoke in the programme today about a group of people giving everything to the cause. That doesn’t guarantee you anything, but as a fan that’s the minimum I would expect.”

As for the equalising free kick, Dyche joked that he hoped Joey Barton, who initially stood over the ball, would step aside before Brady whipped an unstoppable 25-yard curler into Thibaut Courtois’ top corner.

Dyche purred: “It was a sublime finish! There are other parts of Robbie’s game that he will need to adapt to with us, and I knew that.

“But for him and Ashley Westwood to come into that game wasn’t easy today and I thought they both handled themselves fantastically well.

“To be honest, it could be argued the goal was the hardest of the chances we created because we’ve had certainly three good chances against a top side.

“It was probably the toughest bit of technical ability, but he delivered it with aplomb.”

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