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Dyche: A Big Few Days For The Club

31 January 2017

Sean Dyche was delighted after a challenging few days ended with two deadline day signings, a club record fee, and a win over reigning Champions Leicester.

The Clarets boss added Norwich City’s Irish international Robbie Brady to his ranks along with Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood.

Brady’s signing was announced to an ecstatic Turf Moor crowd at half time during the Turf Moor clash with the Foxes.

And after Sam Vokes struck late on to seal a seventh straight home win, the gaffer wore the smile of a contented man.

He said: “It’s been an interesting few days, for a few different reasons, as I’m sure you can imagine.

“But it culminated in a fine win and another really good night at the Turf. Teams find this a really tough place to come and there was no luck tonight.

“It was a really thorough performance against a very good side.

“We limited them to really long shots, and I thought we were a threat from many areas of the pitch, particularly from set pieces and physically we were very strong tonight.

“The tempo of the play and the passing were good and over the 90 minutes we just kept knocking on the door and eventually it came down to the moment of truth.

“If there was a suspicion of hand ball in the goal, but I think it hits his stomach and then his arm. I will say that.

“I think we’ve had enough go against us and I’ve only asked for parity over the season with decisions.

“Hopefully we get that balance and if that’s one, then c’est la vie.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got a group here who give everything for every minute, so let’s all make sure we play a part in safeguarding that.”

Brady and Westwood both joined the club on three-and-a-half year deals, with an further year’s option.

And Dyche feels both players will fit seamlessly into his squad.

He said: “We had the loss of Dean Marney, unfortunately, and Ashley is someone we know about.

“He is quite experienced in the Premier League and knows about it. He’s a good technician and keeps the ball well, so I think he’s a good one for us – and it will be good for him.

“He’s got to earn the right, as has Robbie. He is a different type, he can play in a couple of different positions and was hungry with a desire to be back in the Premier League and we want him to take on that challenge.

“It’s been a tough deal to get through, that one, and we’re delighted to have him and Ashley here.

“They both have different strengths to them, and they add to the group - and I mean that because I believe in the group.”

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