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Dyche "Very Proud" as Clarets 'Secure' Premier League Survival

6 May 2017

Sean Dyche admitted he was “very proud” after Burnley virtually secured their Premier League status with a point against West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor.

Two goals from Sam Vokes - including a dramatic late leveler - secured a 2-2 draw that means only a 20-goal swing over Hull in the final two games could see the Clarets fall into the drop zone.

And Dyche drew parallels with two promotions when summing up his emotions on a dramatic day at Turf Moor.

The Clarets boss said: “It’s hard to find a balance of thoughts, but I am very proud.

“The Premier League is so unforgiving and we’ve had a tickle this year by spending some money. The wage bill isn’t massive, but the club is in great shape and if you add all that in, then it’s a great achievement.

“Equally, you could look at coming out of the Championship twice in three years, so it’s hard. I think there will be a time to reflect, but at the minute I’m just pleased to have another point on the board and, other than a 20-goal swing, it allows us to breath as little easier going into the next two games.” 

Dyche added: “Over the four-and-a-half years that I’ve been here we’ve always had something to fight for and that’s a great achievement in itself for my staff and players.

“The Board have stood by me as well, when we’ve had a few knocks along the way, and I think it’s paid them back as well, for the way we have all been aligned with our thinking for what Burnley Football Club stands for.”

Vokes opened the scoring 11 minutes into the second half before West Brom hit back to lead through goals from Salomon Rondon and Craig Dawson.

However, Vokes’ looping header four minutes from time all-but ensured survival for Dyche’s men, with two games to spare.

The gaffer added: “It’s fair to say that with a marker of 40 points, which everyone talks about, then we are almost there.  

“We’re in good shape with two games left and I am delighted with the performance of the players today because that was a hard-fought point.

“I was scratching my head how we were 2-1 down and I am particularly pleased with the mentality of the players, not only today but over the season.

“At the start of the season we were given no chance at all, and here we are with 40 points and two games to go. There is a lot of growth in the side and I am very pleased with them, for what they have achieved.

“But there is still work to do in the next two games. We have a good mentality going down the season and we want to take on these next two games and see where it takes us.” 

Dyche, who handed a full Premier League debut to Kevin Long, after Michael Keane failed to shake off a calf injury, added: “There are so many pleasing aspects.

“I don’t usually talk about individuals but Kevin has hardly played all season, other than cameos on the bench, but he’s kept training properly in the right manner he was fantastic today.

“I have been so proud of the teams I’ve worked with here and not only the starting 11. The way the players who are not playing every week conduct themselves is an absolute credit to themselves professionally and I thought that was on show, because when you are called upon in this game, you have to be ready.

“Kevin is a credit to himself first and foremost because he has looked after himself, and Tarky is very similar.

“He’s been knocking on the door and we’ve got him on sometimes, particularly sitting in midfield, but he has delivered again today and so the two of them have been fantastic, without a shadow of a doubt.

“I must also give a big mention to Sam (Vokes), who was outstanding last week and again today.

“Not just his goals, but he’s found that edge in his game and when he is playing like that he is a real handful and a top striker, as everyone saw today.” 

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