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Mixed Emotions For Dyche

17 August 2019

Sean Dyche was left with mixed emotions after the Clarers suffered another hard luck story at Arsenal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second half strike won a tight game for the Gunners after Ashley Barnes’ third goal of the season before half time cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s early goal.

And despite a first defeat of the season, the Burnley boss was happy with his team’s positive attitude against one of the Premier League giants.

“Overall, I’m happy. It’s tough in the Premier League, but the growth you show is important and we came here to take the game on today,” said Dyche.

“The players now have their shoulders back a little bit more and they want to take these games on.

“The mentality is good and the key thing for me was getting on the front foot. It’s only a measure, but it means we have that edge to us and I’m happy with that.

“We have to keep giving performances like that though, because that’s the measure.”

Lacazette slotted the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, only for Barnes to level things up a minute before half time, converting Dwight McNeil’s deflected shot.

However, Aubameyang’s classy strike midway through the second half made it back-to-back wins for the Londoners.

“It’s tough coming to places like this and getting something, so the disappointment is more to think about over the weekend,” added Dyche.

“I’m pleased with the performance though, particularly in the first half when we were very good. We mixed up our play and our pressing lines were very good.

“We made it very difficult for them to play out and numerous times we turned the ball over.

“In the second half they got more of a foothold in the game, but I always think putting £70m players on probably helps!

“We still stuck to task though and in the end it was an error from us that gave them a breakaway chance and they have a very good player who can score from those situations.

“There were a few nearly moments after that, so I’m not too disappointed in the performance, although that’s got us nothing from the game.”

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