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Seventh Heaven As Clarets Add New Record

Boss Sean Dyche delighted to set new landmark with vital win

9 February 2019

Sean Dyche paid tribute to his players after they earned another entry in the Clarets’ record books thanks to a vital win at Brighton.

The current squad set a new mark last season in finishing seventh in the Premier League and qualifying for Europe.

But even during that remarkable run, a sequence of seven games without defeat as a Premier League club had never been achieved until a 3-1 victory at the Amex Stadium secured by a Chris Wood double and another Ashley Barnes penalty.

“Seven games unbeaten in the Premier League is tough,” said Dyche, whose side last tasted a league defeat on Boxing Day.

“There have been a lot of historical markers in my time here and that’s another one, which I think is a valid one and a very important one.

“It was very, very mixed first half of the season and since then we’ve been very, very strong with good performances.

“Ian Holloway said a few years ago that he always thinks we’ve got a strong jaw.

“We’ve taken a few knocks along the way this year, but that resilience and mentality has stayed firm and I’m proud of the players for that.

“Now they’re getting their rewards for coming back together, for re-aligning and delivering performances.

“We’ve just had four of the last six games away from home and taken eight points, so that’s a good return.

“But we know there’s a lot of work to be done. We’re not naïve.

“We’ve worked hard to get to where we have and we need to continue doing that.”

Despite their unbeaten record in 2019, the Clarets kicked off on the south coast in the bottom three after Cardiff City won at Southampton to jump out of the drop zone.

But Dyche’s men held their nerve superbly to repel everything Brighton had to offer and strike twice on the break through Wood either side of half time before Barnes’ penalty provided the cushion to survive a Shane Duffy headed reply.

“They know what the other results today. But they were focused on the performance and they deserve a lot of credit for that,” added the Burnley boss, who saw his side climb up to 15th place and draw level on points with both Brighton and Crystal Palace thanks to a third away win of the campaign.

“It’s a tough place this. They started well and Tom had to be on his toes and made some important saves at important moments.

“We have to find different ways of winning and today we found a different way by defending diligently, doing the basics right and being clinical.

“We’ve defended and countered and done it really, really well.”

The Clarets also had the rub of the green moments before going 3-0 up when Jeff Hendrick might have been penalised for handball in his own penalty area before Burnley broke to earn a spot-kick of their own.

But Dyche believes his men had earned their slice of luck on the back of their recent penalty record and a number of big decisions that hadn’t gone their way during the current unbeaten run.

“I suggested the stats would correct themselves over time,” he said. “If you go 67 games without a penalty, there is a fair chance you’re going to get another one quite quickly.

“And if it was ever going to go to anyone, then Ashley Barnes deserved it.

“We know what happened last week and he slotted it nicely.

“They had a shout for one and that’s the way it goes. We haven’t had key decisions go for us lately.

“We’ve had three draws which involved key decisions. Well, if we got one back today that’s the balance.

“And that’s what I spoke about. You hope over a season it balances out.”

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