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Dyche Delight as Clarets Bury Hawthorns Hoodoo

31 March 2018

Sean Dyche was a happy man as Burnley buried almost a half-century hoodoo with victory at West Bromwich Albion.

The Clarets deserved their first win at the Hawthorns since 1969 courtesy of goals in either half from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.

The pair were on target for the third successive game as the visitors maintained their three-point gap in seventh over the chasing pack.

And Dyche was proud of the way his team adapted to two contrasting halves of football.

He said: “There was a bit of noise before the game that our record here wasn’t that good, with me here and before that.

It’s important to break those records when they come your way and we’ve done that again today.

“I think the ability to operate in a different way pleased me both today. They allowed us a lot of possession in the first half and we used it wisely.

“You can get sloppy in possession, but I don’t think we did. We kept probing and, of course got a fine goal.”

Burnley opened the scoring midway through the first half through Barnes’ flying volley from Aaron Lennon’s cross, and doubled their lead 17 minutes from time through Wood’s nodded effort at the second attempt, after the Kiwi’s shot had been saved by Ben Foster.

Dyche added: “In the second half they went to a more simplistic format and it became a bit more of a ding-dong, but I still felt we dealt with it very well in terms of the basics, scored another good goal and saw the game out, so it’s very pleasing.

“I know they (WBA) are having a tough time and I wish them well after today, but it’s not easy to come to these grounds and play, especially in the circumstances.

“There are different ways of skinning a cat and winning games is what it’s all about. We’ve found different ways to do that throughout the season and only lost nine times in the Premier League, which is a terrific achievement.

“A lot is made of our style and I’ve no problem with that. But I want the team to be as effective as possible in many different ways and both halves today showed that.”

 


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