Sean Dyche hailed one of the best headed goals he’s ever seen as Sam Vokes sunk his hometown club with a magnificent winner at Southampton.
Super sub Vokes powered home a cross form Johann Berg Gudmundsson nine minutes from time to cap a perfect away-day for the Clarets on the south coast.
And Dyche marvelled at the Welshman’s technique after the gaffer’s game plan was executed to perfection, with the game swinging Burnley’s way following the second half introduction of Vokes and strike partner Ashley Barnes.
He said: “When you plan out these type of games, you hope it will pan out as you hope and that’s as close as we have been to making things work in our favour.
“We had to be diligent and work hard in the first half and looked to counter and today, the depth in the squad was evident.
“I’m really pleased with our timing, as a staff, at the timing of the substitutions today. The two lads who came on up top were absolutely terrific and they changed the whole feel of the game and turned it in our favour.
“I thought those two lads were a credit to their profession. I marvel at this group, especially those who aren’t playing week-in and week-out and they came on and really affected the game.”
Dyche added: “Sam’s header is sublime. What a header that is! It’s right up there with some of the best headers I’ve seen.
“He is jumping away from goal and gets tremendous power to find the corner and it was worthy of winning any game,
“Twelve yards out, to find the net with that power and beat a keeper of that standard, from a fantastic cross, it’s a fantastic finish and that caps off a fine display.”
The gaffer, who capped his fifth anniversary week with a victory at St Mary’s, following the hard-fought Turf Moor win over Newcastle, added: “We still know that we can be better with the ball, but we’ve found a way of operating that suits us and it’s been two fantastic clean sheets this week.
“Two hard earned wins is probably where we are at, at the moment.
“The margins are tight and you have to get on the right side of them and, so far, we’ve done that.
“You have to be resolute in your defending and your shape they are things that I take very seriously.
“We know where we’re at and we still need more quality when we’re going forwards, but we are willing to do the graft and we do that very well.
“I’m delighted to be where we are, but we know there are a lot more challenges coming our way and there’s a belief in this group that we’ll have to work hard for everything we get.”