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Dyche: Everyone Needed That

8 December 2018

Sean Dyche admitted the whole club needed the victory over Brighton that earned a first win in nine games.

The Clarets boss confessed to a mix of relief and pride after James Tarkowski settled a nervy Turf Moor encounter to lift Burnley out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

Dyche said: “There is a bit of relief. A goal is a goal and when you are finding them and clean sheets hard to come by, 1-0 is a very pleasing result.

 “The performances lately have been suggesting we are getting back to that edge, in terms of being resilient, but also creating chances.

“We made two or three good ones today and with a bit more quality, who knows. But today wasn’t about that; It was about fight, spirit and organisation and I’m pleased those things paid us back today.

“It’s nice to quieten down the noise and it gives the players that little bit of timely confidence that they can win games.

“The crowd have been fantastic again and everyone needed that result and it was a valid one overall.”

Tarkowski deflected home Jack Cork’s 40th minute shot to settle the outcome and lift Burnley up to 17th in the Premier League table.

That gave the Clarets the all-important lead – and they held on doggedly to it throughout a second half that began with Burnley pressing and ended with Albion forcing a flurry of stoppage time corners and twice going close.

Dyche added: “We had to get back to a basic framework that works for us and that was on show against a side who do keep it really tight. We never thought there would be a flurry of goals today, so we’re delighted to come out on top.

 “Brighton were putting the ball in the box from everywhere at the end and rightly so. It’s human nature to be nervy and there was a nervousness in the air because we haven’t had that win.

“We know there is a strength to the unity of the side and recently we haven’t got over the line in games where we could have done.

“Others have rightly gone against us because we haven’t performed. But slowly and surely we are remodelling our game and in three of the last four we’ve looked more like ourselves.

“We still can’t get that elusive penalty though, and I can’t believe that’s not one on Phil Bardsley today because anywhere else on the pitch that is classed as dangerous play.

There’s no malice, but their lad connects with Phil’s head while trying an overhead kick, and it has to be a penalty in my view.”

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