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Dyche: Players Are Getting Their Payback

6 April 2019

Sean Dyche hailed his players’ calmness as they came from behind to earn a fourth away win of the season at Bournemouth.
 
The Clarets bounced back from Ashley Barnes’ early own goal to lead through quickfire first half strikes from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.
 
Barnes then scored at the right end to extend the lead early in the second half, and Burnley then repelled any hope of a Bournemouth fight back with a solid display.
 
Boss Dyche said: “Bournemouth are a tough side. I know they have had a tricky spell, but here at home they are strong and we were ready to take on the challenge. 
 
“They have a good home record here, but for us that’s 24 points now from 14 games, which is a very, very good return. 
 
“We still have work to do, but today you saw a group of players who are very motivated, in a very thorough performance.
 
“You are always looking for the right mixture to win games and since Christmas we’ve found that.
 
You could look right through the team today and the diligent, professional performances were there, along with the organisation.
 
“They made changes to try and get back into it, but we stayed organised and I was really pleased with the mentality. 
 
“We went one down early, which was unfortunate, but we stayed clear-minded and the players responded with a calmness and did all the things you have to do to win a game.”
 
The win lifted Burnley above Brighton, Southampton and Newcastle into 14th in the Premier League.
 
And Dyche, who revealed that Phi Barsdsley missed the game following an accident at the training ground that left him with a badly gashed leg, insisted his players were now getting their rewards for digging in.
 
He added: “We always knew this was going to be a really tough season, adjusting the players to the new challenges.
 
“But the mentality and belief has stayed strong and that is now paying us back – and that is because of their diligence and professionalism.
 
“Back-to-back wins put us in a far healthier situation, but all it does is remind us there is still work to do. 
 
“There is still plenty of football to be played and we want to finish the season correctly.”
 

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