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Dyche Happy With Hard-Earned Point

23 September 2017

Sean Dyche respected the point his side earned in a game of few chances at Turf Moor.

The Clarets picked up a second successive Premier League shut-out at home against a resolute Huddersfield Town side who are enjoying their own good start to the campaign.

And Dyche felt his players gave their all to try and force the issue against the Yorkshire side, who were content throughout to play on the counter.

The gaffer said: “It’s a very pleasing point against a team who have made it very clear they want to come out have a go at the Premier League.

“They play with the freedom of coming into the league and they’ve only conceded three goals, I think, and only one from open play, so we knew we would have to try and break them down.

“They are defence-minded and look to counter and credit to them because they have had a good start to the season.

“You have to respect the opposition, so it’s another great point. There were a couple of fans not very pleased at the end and I don’t know why.

“We are in the Premier league and I think it’s fair to say we have moved on considerably in my time here, so maybe they should have a think because we are going ok.

“I think a few of our fans today were thinking this would be a walk, but that just doesn’t happen in the Premier League, so I am very pleased with that point, another clean sheet and certain individual performances within that. I don’t always mention individuals, but I thought Steven Defour was absolutely outstanding today.”

Dyche, who restored Jeff Hendrick to the starting line-up in place of wide man Johann Berg Gudmundsson, added: “We were pushing throughout, but you have to be careful because you don’t want to open the door.

“No matter who you are playing, you have to find that healthy balance and we just about got it right overall.

“The thing I’m pleased about today was that there was more of a calmness to our play. We want to go for teams; everyone knows that, but now and again you have to find the calmness to diffuse that and we did that at times.”

Dyche was equally unhappy about a blatant dive by Town substitute Rajiv Van La Parra, who went down far too easily in the box looking for a penalty and received a yellow card.

The gaffer explained: “My only gripe is they have to change the rules about retrospective banning, because I have seen a player dive today in a manner that is unacceptable in my opinion.

“I don’t know anything about the player, but there is this new rule and in theory if that’s a penalty, they score and we get nothing, and then something happens to that player retrospectively.

“Now what happens is because they didn’t get a penalty nothing happens and it’s unacceptable.”


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