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'We're Ready To Go Again' - Dyche

7 January 2017

Sean Dyche welcomed an FA Cup replay at Turf Moor, after insisting his side should have won their third round tie at Sunderland.

The Clarets boss is not fazed by the addition of an extra, unplanned fixture into the schedule, on Tuesday, January 17th.

And Dyche was delighted with the performance of his squad after making six changes – and losing Scott Arfield and Johann Berg Gudmundsson to hamstring injuries.

He said: “I’m not bothered about having another fixture to play. We’ve just come out of the Championship where you are constantly playing.

“In the Premier League we do have some breaks and generally it’s week to week, rather than Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday.

“I don’t remember us crying it in. When a game comes along, we take on the challenge and see what comes.

Substitute Ashley Barnes almost won it in the last minute

“I am pleased to be at Turf Moor as many times as we can, but I’m also pleased because today we made changes and people who haven’t played for a while delivered really good performances.

“It was a good spectacle from my point of view because I felt we gave a good performance.

“We’d had the two big games in three days and others who have been carrying minor knocks, so we thought this was an opportunity - not by any standards to take this lightly – to make sure that everyone, as a collective, gets a chance to play.

“If we get injuries, as we have today, it’s important that we have players who are up and running.

“They have great pride in how they look after themselves, let alone the work we do with them, and the fitness was very good.”

Dyche singled out keeper Nick Pope, right back Tendayi Darikwa and centre back James Tarkoswki for praise, but was equally delighted at the ecidn debut of Joey Barton alongside Steven Defour, who played the full game.

The addition of Tendayi Darikwa was only of six changes to the Clarets' starting line-up

He added: “Tendayi was excellent, along with Nick Pope who got a nice clean sheet.

“Tarky was solid, Steven Defour got his first 90 minutes for the club, which is important.

“It’s vital that with our strength of depth, and in terms of fitness and mentality, that players know they can come into the side and still be productive and there were good signs of that.

“I felt they (Sunderland) went with what looks like the strongest side they could get out today and I was pleased that our players competed well against the opposition.

“These are tight games, but I felt we did enough to win it because we had two or three great chances at the end and Tarky’s header takes a nick before it hits the post.

“We had enough golden chances though over the game and we usually take them. We had a really strong hold on the game, particularly in the last 15 minutes, so I’m pleased with the fitness and some of the play, so other than the result, I was pleased with the group today.”

He added: “These are important times away from home. The past two or three away from home we’ve shown signs of what we’re about and taking that feeling we have at home away with us. I thought that was definitely on show today.”

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