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Away Goal Could Be Key: Dyche

Boss backs players to take up second-leg challenge at Turf Moor

24 August 2018

Sean Dyche believes the Clarets still have a chance of prolonging their European dream thanks to the strong jaw of his players and the cool head of Chris Wood.

Wood showed admirable bottle in a cauldron of noise inside the George Karaiskakis Stadium to slot home a first-half penalty which tied up Burnley’s Europa League play-off first leg at 1-1.

Olympiakos hit back with two second-half goals, including a penalty of their own after Clarets defender Ben Gibson was controversially penalised for handball and shown a second yellow card to reduce the visitors to 10 men.

The multiple former Greek champions therefore bring a 3-1 aggregate lead to Turf Moor for the return next Thursday night, with the overall winners going through to the group stages of the competition.

And Dyche insists it’s too soon to write his Clarets off.

The Burnley boss said: “I think we’re still in the tie. I think everyone knows we have a strong jaw and a strong mentality.

“I felt we affected the game well last night, even with the 10-men scenario and even then we didn’t look in drastic trouble.

“There was a good energy in the side and there were a lot of good habits from the side, so there’s life in the tie.

“We wanted to take an away goal back to Turf Moor and make a game of it and who knows?”

Wood’s strike means a 2-0 win would be enough to take Burnley through.

And Dyche knows his players – and the Clarets’ fans – will be up for the challenge.

“The lads will have enough fuel,” he added. “We said we’d take this seriously and we showed that.

“I think the mentality of the players will be to give a good account of themselves at Turf Moor.

“I think the fans who travelled will spread the word quickly because they will feel a bit of injustice, so I think they will pass it through the camp.

“They have travelled a long way and, as I said, the main thing for me is to just see 11 versus 11 and get on with it – and that didn’t transpire for varying reasons.”

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