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Dyche Hails Bouncebackability

30 December 2018

Sean Dyche was delighted after shuffling his pack and seeing Burnley end the year with a winning hand at the expense of West Ham.

The Clarets boss made five changes to the side that lost heavily at home to Everton on Boxing Day, with captain Tom Heaton back in goal for the first time in the Premier League since September 2017.
 
Teenager Dwight McNeil was the ace in the pack, sealing only his second ever Premier League start with the crucial second goal in a man-of-the-match performance, after Chris Wood had fired Burnley into an early lead.
 
And Dyche was happy to offer his thoughts on finding a match-winning formula that sent everyone into the new year with the feelgood factor.
 
He said: “One manager, once up on a time, once called it: bouncebackability!
 
 
“I had to make a tough decision today because Joe (Hart) has been very good for us on numerous occasions this season, but the facts are the facts. 
 
“We’ve conceded a lot of goals and I’ve looked at changing shape and personnel and eventually, unfortunately, you have to look at the keeper too.
 
“I must say, great credit to Joe because he was the first one to jump off the bench when Tom made an important save at the end, so there is a great respect and a great professionalism there.
 
 
“Equally, Tom’s professionalism because he hasn’t played for a while, but he keeps himself sharp and he got his payback today.”
 
Dyche added: “I’ve got three England goalkeepers to choose from because Nick Pope isn’t far away, and I knew this moment would come. 
 
“I knew all along and I’ve probably been holding on and holding on because I am known to be loyal and trustworthy to players for as long as I possibly can. 
 
“I just felt in this occasion it was the right timing and I am pleased for Tom because he is a fantastic lad and a fantastic professional and he proved that today.
 
“Equally, as big a call, if not bigger was Dwight (McNeil), coming in at 19-years-old. That is a massive call and I am pleased with it. 
 
 
“We were debating it because we know he can offer us something, but we weren’t sure when. 
 
“We’ve been waiting to get out of this position and get a few wins to give him a bit of a chance because we think he’s a real player, but in the end I thought ‘no, I’m going to play him’. 
 
“He delivered and he and his family can be very proud tonight.”
 
Dyche, who also recalled Wood Johann Berg Gudmundsson, and Phil Bardsley for the suspended Matt Lowton, added: “In all I had to make five different calls and that’s not easy, but I was pleased in the end today because we were a team who looked like a team. 
 
“I don’t want to be over-dramatic because there’s a long way to go, but there were signs of us being us. 
 
 
“We had a solid, defensive feel and equally we mixed out play and were effective in attack. 
 
“My only tiny little gripe is that we had some golden chances and the game should have been put out of sight.
 
“I must mention the fans too because they helped massively. They have stood by this team and myself for a long time, through ups and downs and they are really important. 
 
“For all the questions, they are behind the team and that’s going to be really important going forward. 
 
“You could sense the energy before the game and the players responded and it all worked out well in the end.”
 
 

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