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Dyche Delight as Clarets Earn Their Spurs

23 February 2019

Sean Dyche was delighted as his players bridged the gap to earn a fabulous three points at home to title-chasing Spurs.

Goals from strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, either side of Harry Kane’s controversial equaliser, extended the Clarets’ unbeaten run to eight games.
 
And Dyche hailed his players following another impressive performance to reach the 30-point marker.
 
The Burnley boss said: “We know there is a gap there, but the exciting part of football is that the challenge is not always unachievable.
 
 
“I didn’t think Spurs were off form today. I just think we asked that many questions that, eventually, we managed to win the game.
 
“I’m proud of those players and what they have achieve for this football club and themselves.
 
“It doesn’t just rubber stamp it because you win a game, but it was a thorough performance and another deserved win.
 
“We can only guide them and work with them, so they take massive credit for creating historic markers.
 
“We know there is still work to be done, but the lads are putting it in and today our mixed play was effective. 
 
 
“It has to be because we are not a side who can slick it about like Manchester City, but we have very good players and we delivered again today.”
 
Wood head home his 10th goal of the season from a disputed corner to open the scoring just before the hour mark, before Spurs levelled as Danny Rose stole several years up the touchline to throw the ball to Kane, who slotted past Heaton.
 
But Burnley had the last laugh when substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s mis-hit shot fell kindly to Barnes three minutes from time.
 
 
Dyche said: “We wanted to play high up the pitch. We constantly asked questions and the front two’s willingness and determination ultimately got their rewards. 
 
“They were outstanding today, backed bt a team full of belief, but the best thing, and I’ve just commended the lads on it, was the calmness when it went 1-1. 
 
“Forget about the situation and what led to it, but we stayed firm to the performance and that’s been key to this run.
 
“I know there’s controversy about the first two goals, and for ours there’s a debate about whether it was or wasn’t a corner.
 
"I genuinely think those are tough to call, when they ricochet off people they can go either way.,
 
“My gripe about their goal is that the ball went out tour side of the half way line and got thrown in eight or nine yards the other way. 
 
“Also, the fourth official catches the ball and throws it back to their lad so they can play quickly and that leads to the goal. That can’t be right!
 
“That was a massive moment and I thought it went against us today. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter afterwards because justice is done.”
 
 

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