SEAN Dyche was proud of his players’ efforts following the agonising away defeat at Watford.
The Clarets trailed 2-0 to the Hornets at half time after seeing Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick sent off after only six minutes for a high challenge on Jose Holebas.
Burnley then dominated the second half and, after scoring through Ashley Barnes’ 78th minute penalty, had the hosts hanging on for the whistle.
Dyche mused: “The early sending off affects the game radically, but today I thought we were absolutely fantastic.
“To take a knock so early, as we did by losing Jeff, then play for that amount of time away from home with 10 men, particularly in the second half, and show that will and desire to go and win a game was absolutely outstanding.
“I totally appreciate the crowd’s part in that today because they were right behind the team, and it’s fantastic to hear them and see their team give absolutely every ounce of effort.
“That was massively on show today. We took the game on and had a clear view of trying to win it, even at 2-0 down and had a couple of golden chances at the end when we could have taken something.
“In the end it could have been one of those great stories, but unfortunately not.
"However, if we keep going about our business as we are, then we’ll be fine, I’m sure.”
Commenting on Hendrick’s first career red card, Dyche added: “It’s a tough one, but I can see why the ref had to give it.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of actual contact, but Jeff’s foot connects with the top of the ball and his leg goes over the top, and we know most times, nowadays, that’s going to be a sending off. It’s not a vicious one though.”