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Dyche: Draw Was Least We Deserved

26 July 2018

Sean Dyche felt a draw was the lest the Clarets deserved after they fought back to grab a draw at Aberdeen on their Europa League bow.

Second half substitute Sam Vokes’ 80th minute leveller cancelled out a soft first half penalty for the Dons to set up an intriguing second leg at Turf Moor in a week’s time.

And despite suffering a potentially serious injury to goalkeeper Nick Pope, who went to hospital following a shoulder problem early in the game, boss Dyche was content at his team’s display.

He said: “It was a bit surreal because you go from pre-season games to games like tonight. It’s still early in pre-season and I’ve never had it before, but I enjoyed the occasion.

“I enjoyed the atmosphere in the stadium because that made it a real game and both sets of fans played their part.”

Aberdeen took an early lead when James Tarkowski was harshly adjudged to have caught Sam Cosgrove with a flailing arm and Gary Mackay Steven scored past Anders LIndegaard from the spot.

But after an improved second half showing, Vokes’ clinical volley restored parity and handed the Clarets a potentially crucial advantage of an away goal.

Dyche added: “It’s a tough one for us at Burnley because as everyone knows we haven’t had a penalty in over a calendar year, so when you see one given like that…

“I thought it was a big reaction from their player for a tiny contact, but c’est la vie and we can only hope that we start getting some of these that we consider soft.

“The thing is when you are one goal down, they are in a bit of a predicament then. It sounds mad, but they had to decide whether to keep going for another, or sit in. In the end we forced them to camp in with some good play, I thought.

“We can still get sharper, we know that, but equally it’s still the middle of pre-season and there were a lot of good things.

“Equally, there were some rusty bits and some of the basics we didn’t do well, especially in front of goal when we’ve created four por five amazing opportunities.

“Overall, we’ve got the draw and an away goal, so I don’t think we are too disappointed, because the performance was good enough to warrant that, if not more.

“I thought we were knocking on the door for a long time in the second half.

“We were trying to probe and break down a packed defence and, in the end, Vokesy pulled a really good goal out of the blue. He stayed cautious and focused on the ball and when it dropped it was a great finish.”

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