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Dyche: We're Fab At 40!

22 April 2019

Sean Dyche hailed a “magnificent achievement” as the Clarets hit the magical 40-point mark with a hard-fought point at Chelsea.

The Clarets led and then came from behind to frustrate the Blues, who badly needed a win to improve their chances of Champions League football next season.

But Dyche’s men dug in with a gritty, resilient second half display to virtually guarantee a fourth successive season in the Premier League.

The gaffer said: “I am delighted with the performance tonight. They (Chelsea) were excellent in the first 30 minutes of the game and we had to fight, work and do all the diligent stuff as a group and eventually, that got us a point.

“That’s 40 points now and that’s a strong marker. I like things to be factually done, but we are certainly in a very strong position, especially after having 12 points from 19 games at Christmas.

“It’s nice to be in this position now and the players have been tremendous. To come through that period as mentally strong as they have is a really tough thing to do.

“They have been magnificent and tonight was all about resilience. We’ve all seen the technical prowess teams like Chelsea have and we had to do all the basics well.

“There’s an honesty to how we work, but also that’s the record number of goals we’ve scored in the Premier League now!”

Jeff Hendrick's stunning eighth minute volley lit the touchpaper on a night of high drama, only for Chelsea to level minutes later through N'Golo Kante and lead after just 16 minutes following Gonzalo Higuain's rising effort.

But Ashley Barnes levelled things up again before the break, and after thre break Tom Heaton had little to do as his defence mopped up waves of Chelsea attacks.

Dyche, who raced over to celebrate the point with the travelling Clarets fans at full time, added: “There was a lot of noise about at the start of this season and some describe it as a bad season, but I think it’s been a fantastic season.

“To come through that beginning and where we are now, with all the challenges along the way, is a magnificent achievement.

“People will look at how we got the result tonight, but we have no choice. They might say you are not doing this or that, but equally we are not spending fortunes.

“We are trying to develop a side with one of the lowest wage bills in the Premier League. We have to find a way to win games and pick up points and sometimes we play really good football, as we did recently against Bournemouth and West Ham.

“Other times we have to dig in and do as we did tonight, and that is a magnificent point, make no mistake.

“When you are on 39 points and you go and get that next point at Chelsea, that is a magnificent achievement.”

The end of the game saw tempers flare, with a clash of bodies at the mouth of the tunnel following the final whistle.

But Dyche said: “I don’t know what happened at the end because I went over to applaud our fans and when I came back there was something going on. Call it handbags, man-bags, bum-bags; some kind of bags!

“I’ve been around the game to have seen a lot worse. But I was more bothered about clapping our fans because they have travelled a long way down here on a Bank Holiday and the lads have given them something to shout about.”

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