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Dyche: We Do What We Have To

16 August 2018

Sean Dyche felt the strength and respect of his players ultimately wore down Istanbul Basaksehir to earn the Clarets a Europa League play off spot.

A sublime Jack Cork goal in extra time finally broke the resistance of the Turkish side to earn the Clarets a two-legged tie against Greek side Olimpiacos, starting next week in Athens.

And boss Dyche purred about his players’ character after a tense 120 minutes at Turf Moor.

Dyche said: “I wasn’t really that nervous tonight. I thought we applied ourselves very well again, with the changes that we made, and there were some very pleasing performances both individually and collectively, against a very good side.

“They proved out there that they are very technical side and we had to combat that and did that over the two legs with two clean sheets.

“In Istanbul it was a very defensive performance by design and here we tried to be more progressing with two centre forwards, which worked well at times, so overall I am very pleased.

“Joe Hart has made some good saves, but their keeper pulls one off from Aaron early on and that could have changed the game.”

Dyche, who made six changes to the side that drew at Southampton, added: “In the first half we were very good and in the second they had the upper hand, but we’ve had that before.

“They are a technical side and they work on keeping the ball, but they didn’t really open us up many times.

“We have to do what we have to do to win games and we’ve never hidden from that. But in extra time I thought we were running all over them fitness-wise and therefore our play improved.

“The strength of character of the players is so important and before extra time I was talking to my group and they were all focused on me.

“I looked at theirs and there were bodies everywhere and two players catching eyes with their manager.

“Those moments of respect are the moments of truth for the group. Tthey are very important and I thought tonight our demand in extra time was fantastic

“Overall the fitness and the desire of the side was there to see. We scored a goal in the 97th minute from pressing their keeper and that’s fantastic, That’s as important a part of the game as anything and it’s a sublime finish.

“There are many ways of playing and many differences in European football, but the one thing that never changes is stopping the ball going in your end and putting it in theirs!

“I’m just pleased for the fans because they wanted a European tour and they’ve had a mini-one, so let’s see how far we can take it.”

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