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Dyche Proud of His Euro Fighters

9 August 2018

Sean Dyche was a proud man as the injury-hit Clarets ground out a goalless draw in Istanbul to keep their European adventure alive.

The Clarets defensive resilience, backed up by a solid debut from Joe Hart in goal, kept Istanbul Basaksehir at bay in the first leg of their Europa League second round qualifier.

And the gaffer was full of praise for the battling draw, which leaves the Clarets knowing any win next week will earn them a play-off spot.

“Without doubt that was a hard-earned draw,” said Dyche, who was without Chris Wood, Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, the ineligible Tom Heaton and also the late withdrawal of Anders Lindegaard.

“We had to piece together a team and all credit to the players for putting in a shift and delivering.

“We know they (Basaksehir) are a very technical team and the pitch was different, a bit sluggish and hard to work with, so all things considered I am very pleased and proud of the team.

“We are missing players at the moment and the players have been in awkward positions, we’ve had to change the team and play people out of position and they have still given everything to get a result.

“We know we can play with the ball better and control it better, but it’s difficult when you come to these places and it’s all new for the players.

“There was a different feel in the stadium and our fans were amazing, as they always are.

“They said they wanted a European tour and six years ago, when I got here, they weren’t thinking of nights like this. I‘m not saying I was either, by the way, so these are fantastic days and memories for them.”

Dyche added: “To come away with all the challenges we’ve got and changing the side, trying to find a team that can still win, but working with them through pre-season and into the Premier League; it’s difficult to find all the balances.

“The back four did well and Joe (Hart) has come in out of the blue after Anders went down late (with injury), so when you add everything into the melting pot and come here, against a very organised, tactically-sound, hard-working side and get a clean sheet you have to be happy.

“I said to the lads afterwards that from what we all know of European football, we’ve seen bigger clubs than us come to places and make sure they go away with a result.

“They don’t all go away and try to dominate the ball all the time because it’s very difficult.

“So, with all those things considered, including travelling to different time zones, training at strange times, then I’m really pleased with the experience and the performance.”

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