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Dyche Delight As Calm Heads Win The Day

Boss praises players and staff as Clarets secure 3-0 win

10 March 2018

Sean Dyche praised the calmness of his players as they turned on the style in the second half to secure a first Premier League win at a troubled West Ham.

While many of the national headlines focused on pitch invasions and protests by angry Hammers’ fans at the London Stadium, the Clarets rose above the unrest to score three times in 16 minutes to complete an emphatic 3-0 success.

And Dyche was delighted with how his side raised their game after a poor first-half display and stay focused on the job in hand to set a new record Premier League points’ tally thanks to another Ashley Barnes strike and a double from super-sub Chris Wood.

“In the first half they were the better side and we weren’t at the races,” said the Burnley boss.

“What really kept us in it was our diligence to do the simple stuff and do the basics – all the little details in a game to just about hang in there.

“They had a couple of good chances, Popey’s made a couple of saves and it was a reminder to us that you can’t give anyone a moment in the division.

“And then in the second half, I thought it was a very, very good display.

“We stayed calm with some interesting things going on here, unfortunately.

“The players stayed calm and delivered a good second half. It was a thorough second-half performance.

“It’s not ideal. It’s not a situation everyone wants to see but frustrations sometimes run high.

“But I prefer to concentrate on our side. Our players and staff applied themselves correctly today.”

Barnes fired the Clarets ahead as he ran onto a Wood pass to thump home his third goal in as many games 17 minutes after the break.

That prompted the first of a couple of pitch invasions before Wood quickly doubled the lead.

And the New Zealand international then added his eighth of the season with another poacher’s goal late on as back-to-back wins lifted the Clarets to within two points of sixth-placed Arsenal.

“It’s that crazy thing. We were that story of not winning in 11 and now we’ve lost one in six, so you can make your mind up about that,” added Dyche.

“We know what we’re about and we know we’ve got a lot more to learn. We know we can’t play like we did in the first half and expect to get things out of games.

“But then we affected it and played very well second half.

 “I spoke to the players at half-time and there was a very, very good reaction. We changed it slightly and I thought it was a very good performance.

“It was a great first goal – a fantastic ball from Matt Lowton, a calmness from Woody and then a fantastic strike from Ashley Barnes. All the goals were good in different ways.

“I’m delighted because that’s 43 points, the highest number if points we’ve had in the Premier League era, with eight games to play.”


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