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Dyche Joy At Anfield Point

16 September 2017

Sean Dyche felt his game-plan worked perfectly as the Clarets continues their amazing start to season with a point at Anfield.

The Clarets frustrated Liverpool, who were thwarted by a resolute defence and the agility of Nick Pope, after Scott Arfield’s opener was cancelled out by Mohamed Salah.

And Dyche felt his side were worthy of extending their unbeaten away record, to maintain seventh place and stay above the Reds in the Premier League

The Burnley boss said: “I mention it a lot, but my players will grow from experiences like today.

“It was a hard-earned point and I thought the belief in the group, the responsibility to do the ugly stuff was on show today again.

“We weren’t as good with the ball as we have been in previous weeks, but it’s different here. You don’t expect to come to Anfield and out-pass them, and we never planned for that, so the game plan isn’t about keeping the ball.

“We came here to play from our shape and deliberately went even longer to unnerve them a bit and put them on the back foot when we could.

“For patches that worked, but generally it is about shape, discipline and belief in how you can defend properly.

“We put that all together into a performance today and got something from the game.”

Pope, making his full Premier League debut, was protected well in the opening half, before making two crucial saves as the second half wore on, from Trent Alexander-Arnold and then turning Dominic Salanke’s point-blank effort onto the bar.

Dyche added: “I thought the back unit were excellent, and, of course the units in front of them.

“They were two big saves from ‘Popey’. The first one gets a nick and he gets a hand up to it, and then the second, when he touches it onto the bar is a great save.

“At the other end though, we have had two headers from Ben Mee cleared off the line, so in terms of good chances we were about even.

“We’re still adapting to the Premier League and the secret of our success through the years – and our fans know this – is that some days you are going to have to be like that; when we work diligently and take any chances that come our way.”

The Clarets have now taken five points from three away games to Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool, with Everton and Manchester City the next two opponents on the road.

Dyche beamed: “You at that fixture list when it came out and think it’s a tough start. I don’t think anyone would have given us a chance of getting five points, but the important thing is, we do!”

 


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