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Dyche Happy With Hull Point

25 February 2017

Sean Dyche felt his side were worthy of a point as the Clarets doubled their tally with a hard-fought draw at Hull City.

After harshly falling behind to a 71st minute Tom Huddlestone penalty, after Michael Keane was adjudged to have handled in the box, the Clarets defender smashed home a leveller within four minutes to earn a share of the spoils.

And despite a late sending off for Ashley Barnes, following two yellow cards that will earn the striker a one-match ban, Burnley emerged with another valuable point to rise to 11th in the table.

Dyche said: “It was a deserved point and it’s about time a twist of fate came our way.

“We created some good opportunities, and the final chance was just missing from our game at times.

“But in the general flow of the game we were on the front foot and I was pleased with that.

“The penalty is an interesting one because Keano’s arm gets pushed upwards – not deliberately – by (Harry) Maguire and into the ball.

“That’s a tough one for the referee and a tough one to take. But the reaction from the players was fantastic and especially for our fans, who backed us here magnificently and saw their players give everything, once again. I couldn’t be more proud of that.”

Dyche added: “I was only disappointed in the red card. The second is a yellow card, but for the first one, following the penalty award, Ashley goes to the ref, who said he ran at him.

“Barnesy is not the quickest, so I don’t think he could have run at him that aggressively!

“He went over to just say that it wasn’t a penalty and there are no harsh verbals, so that was harsh for me.”

Keane’s point-salvaging second goal of the campaign came from a deep Robbie Brady corner that the former Manchester United defender coolly chested down and smashed home.

Dyche added: “We can still add more quality, but for actual will and demand that was different class and it’s a fine finish from Michael.

“We know he has a goal in him and he took it fantastically well, to stay calm, chest it down and smash it in.

“I was just so pleased because Hull are a side that are well talked about, at the moment, for the fact they are playing well.

“Resilience is so important when you are on the road and I don’t think there is any lack of that.”

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