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Dyche: Hard To be Disappointed

14 October 2017

Sean Dyche was content as his side made it six games unbeaten with a hard-fought draw at home to West Ham United.

The Clarets were left to chase the game after Michail Antonio ran onto Joe Hart’s long punt upfield to give the Hammers a 19th minute lead.

Shortly afterwards, Andy Carroll saw red following two rash aerial challenges in 100 seconds on James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.

And the Clarets, with Steven Defour pulling all the strings in midfield, finally for the rewards for all their efforts five minutes form time, when Chris Wood rose to head home Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s wonderful right-wing delivery and keep the Clarets sixth in the Premier League table.

The gaffer said: “We kept going and got a point and it’s hard to be disappointed at the moment.

“There are naturally details within a game, but overall we have had a really solid start and there is some real improvement in the players and the team.

“We still need some bigger moments in the top third and some clarity, but there are good signs of what we are trying to achieve.”

He added: “It was a really poor goal by our standards, from a long ball down the pitch and it’s very rare that happens to us.

“After that we settled down form the bitter disappointment before the sending off.

“Then the feel of the game changes and it’s not as easy as it sounds breaking down 10 men. They sunk in but we kept at it and definitely deserved something from the game, I’m sure of that.

“We changed things tactically at half time because we felt they would camp in and look to break.

“Therefore, you need a bit more physicality in the front line. That’s how it ended up. They defended their box and it was a brilliant cross from Johann and a great run and finish from Woody.

“Credit to West Ham though. A lot has been made of them this season, but they fought really hard to try and get a win today and I’m pleased that we got at least a point.”

Dyche, who felt Burnley could have had a penalty after Wood challenged Hart at the end of the first half, felt referee Stuart Atwell had no choice but to dismiss Carroll for two flailing elbows, first on Tarkowski and then after running into fellow centre back Mee.

“It’s a definite sending off, just because of the way the game is,” he explained.

“I don’t want to lose the physicality from the game because that’s an important part of it, but that went a bit too far.

“I don’t think there’s anything malicious in the first one, but the second one is a red and the referee has done what he had to do.”


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