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Dyche Ready To Regroup

6 October 2018

Sean Dyche feels the international break has come at a good time, following the hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield.

Sam Vokes’ first half goal was frustratingly cancelled out by Christopher Schindler’s equaliser midway through the second half at Turf Moor.

But the Burnley boss was pragmatic about his side’s recent points haul and rise up the Premier League table, following a testing start to the season.

“It’s a good point by the end of the game and we’ve just taken seven points out of nine in the Premier League, so that’s obviously the bigger picture,” he said.

“A very good seven out of nine, as well, because at this level they are all tough, but the frustration is that by half time today we should have been out of sight.

“Three chances all feel to Sam and let’s make it clear I’m not questioning him because his headers were fantastic, but his first one you think if it goes anywhere else, it’s in.

“He scores a terrific goal and then he’s unlucky to not have a penalty, but then again we never get them, so let’s not go down that road after 51 games.

“So it’s an odd one, because at half time I’m thinking ‘I like what I’m seeing’ and the effectiveness of the side, but in the second half we just never got going.

“Partly, you have to give them credit because they pressed, secured the ball and were patient, without really opening us up too much.

“But that affects you, of course, and in possession we were nowhere hear where we need to be.

“We lacked calmness and sometimes you only need to get one or two good passes away and the game feels different, but we never really got that.”

Dyche, who was without Belgian midfielder Steven Defour through a family issue, added: “We need this international, break now, just as we needed the last one.

“We’ve worked hard these last few weeks and we’ve got eight points on the board, which doesn’t sound a lot, but that shows us how hard points are to come by and it suddenly puts us in 12th, so we’ll take that for now after a tough start to the season.

“We are slowly coming out of that and we now have to take the games on rather than let them get away from us - and that’s a learning curve from today.”

The break will also allow for Robbie Brady to build up his own fitness following a stop-start few months.

The Irish wide-man has suffered a number of minor setbacks in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

And Dyche admitted he was hopeful of Brady getting more game time during the two-week window.

He explained: “Robbie has had a few days on the grass, so we have to build him up next week and see if we can get to games again.

“He hasn’t played 90 minutes yet – he’s been close - but he’s had a few niggles which sometimes happens, so we have to be more careful

“But a two-week break allows us to work with him in that period and hopefully we can get another reserve team into him to get him closer to being back involved.”

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