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Dyche Backing For Skipper 'Tarks'

Penalty miss doesn't take gloss off fine start to the season

20 September 2017

Sean Dyche praised the impact of stand-in skipper James Tarkowski, despite the penalty miss which ended the Clarets' run in the Carabao Cup.

Tarkowski was the unfortunate player to see his spot-kick saved as Leeds United knocked Burnley out in a third-round penalty shoot-out at Turf Moor.
That came after the defender had conceded a penalty in a dramatic finish to normal time as the tie ended dead-locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra-time.
But Dyche is delighted with Tarkowksi's start to the season as the replacement for Michael Keane, having made the former Brentford man captain for both Burnley's Carabao Cup games.
Dyche said: “I’m not at all disappointed for Tarky. He’s doing fantastically well this season. 
"Every single day I am seeing a player who is learning and growing and  last night has been a big part of that process. 
"A couple of key moments won’t change the amount of hard work that he’s put in this season. I’m really pleased with the way he is approaching every match this season.”
Dyche took advantage of the new ruling allowing a fourth substitution in extra time of domestic cup ties as he sent on Steven Defour for Ashley Westwood in the closing moments of the game in a piece of Turf Moor history. 
And he explained this was done to protect Westwood from a potential injury following a lack of recent first-team football and not to add a potential extra penalty-taker. 
“You can’t take the risk with these types of concerns," Dyche added.
"We didn’t know whether he was suffering from cramp after a long match or if it was something more sinister. 
"We took the decision to protect Ashley by taking him off to ensure no further damage." 
The Clarets made seven changes to their starting line-up following last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League.
And despite going out of the cup to to the Championship leaders, he was happy with how his side performed and the benefit to the players that came into the line-up ahead of the weekend visit of Huddersfield Town.
He said: “We took the game very seriously. The way we played throughout the whole 120 minutes demonstrated that. 
"I said coming into the match that we would be playing to win and that is exactly what we did. 
"We’ve got an excellent group here at Burnley and it was great for a number of players to get time in a competitive match over 120 minutes to help in the maintenance of their fitness levels.”

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