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Dyche Hails Hendrick

12 January 2019

Sean Dyche hailed utility man Jeff Hendrick after the Irish midfielder had a hand in the two goals that earned a hat-trick of Premier League wins.

Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, has two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.

And once ahead the Clarets dug in to make it nine points from nine in their new year resurgence.

Dyche beamed: “I thought Jeff put a sterling shift in today.

“We ask a lot of Jeff and some people question him, but he plays all over the place and continues to play hard and do a great job for us.

I hope they give him the (first) goal because it was on target."

Hendrick’s 20th minute angled effort, which appeared to be sneaking in at the far post, earned a great response from Dyche’s men, who went behind after Schurrle magnificently controlled a long ball and volleyed past Tom Heaton.

Three minutes later, the tables turned completely as the luckless Cottagers went behind as Odoi inexplicably headed Hendrick’s cut-back past Sergio Rico.

As conditions worsened, with driving rain and a fierce wind, Burnley then dug deep to repel a second half fightback from the Londoners, who came closest when James Tarkowski cleared substitute Luciano Vietta’s effort off the line.

Dyche added: “They were very tough conditions for both teams and it was a very tough win, for many reasons.

“I didn’t think we played as well today as we did in the previous two wins, but the mentality to come back from a goal down for the second game in a row was terrific and I thought we grew into the game and ended up being the more progressive side.

“We got a scratch of luck, but I’m not going to cry that one in because I don’t think we’ve had our share this season.

“And towards the end James (Tarkowski) does what we maybe weren’t doing enough of at the start of the season, by making an absolutely fantastic block to make sure we go and win the game.

“That’s as good a goal for me!”

Dyche added: “They threw caution to the wind in the second half and why wouldn’t you?

“They haven’t won away all season and they are trying to get a foothold in an important game, so they went very expansive, but I don’t remember them opening us up too many times.

“The resilience, character and energy is back in the side and we are doing all the details better.

“Earlier in the season we were conceding a lot of soft goals. We have to continue, of course, but what it does is provide a mental shift.

“It’s not easy to get nine points out of nine and the players deserve a lot of credit. Three wins in the Premier League is very difficult and so is coming back from a goal down to win.

“There’s a long way to go, but there’s good signs.”

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