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Dyche: Fans Played Big Part In Fightback

3 February 2018

Sean Dyche felt the Burnley fans played their part in lifting Burnley to earn a fabulous point against Champions-elect Manchester City.

The runaway title-chasers looked on course to extend their lead at the top of the table when Danilo curled home a wonderful first half opener.

But following a fabulous save from Ederson to deny Aaron Lennon, and moments later an incredible miss from Raheem Sterling, the Turf Moor crowd began to believe a comeback was on the cards.

And when Johann Berg Gudmundsson rifled home a marvellous leveller eight minutes from time, the Clarets got their collective rewards.

“I’ll start with the fans because I thought they were fantastic today,” said Dyche.

“They know some of the challenges in front of us and that they’ve got a team that will give everything, even on this tough run.

“They (City) are the top side in the division, but the energy the supporters brought today was absolutely fantastic and that’s something that’s changed over a number of years here.

“Their confidence allows the players to play and on top of that, the players delivered.”

Dyche, who changed to a 4-4-2 system, with Sam Vokes restored to partner Ashley Barnes, added: “We’d been beaten 3-0 and 3-0 by City in two games, so we had to change something.

“We wanted to play long and strong today and disrupt City, but the quality going into the front wasn’t what we needed in the first half and we didn’t put enough crosses in.

“We still had a really good chance, but in the second half, after weathering a very good start from them, you could sense us growing into the game.

“Their keeper makes an unbelievable save from Aaron and they went down the other end and missed an unbelievable chance and the energy went even higher in the crowd.

“It all changed in that couple of minutes. Suddenly the energy in the crowd grew. We started to find our feet and it’s hard for them to constantly have the game in their favour over 90 minutes. We made sure they didn’t and ended up scoring a fantastic goal.”

Dyche, who revealed that Phil Bardsley picked up a hamstring injury to add to the lengthy list of casualties, added: “The big thing for me is the squad mentality.

“We are suffering a bit at the moment and there’s that old adage that if you kick one Burnley bloke, the whole town limps.

“There’s a feeling of that, because in our group, everyone is looking at each other and saying’ let’s get on with it!’

“Nobody gives you a chance in those games other than ourselves and the fans. I’ve marvelled at that mentality for a couple of years now.”

 


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