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Dyche Takes Stock

12 May 2019

Sean Dyche expressed huge pride in his players after achieving a 15th place Premier League finish.

The Clarets saw out the season with a 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal, in an open game that could easily have turned out differently.

But Dyche preferred to look at the bigger picture of overcoming a trying first half of the season and securing a fourth successive top-flight campaign for the first time since 1971.

The gaffer said: “I was quite pleased with the performance against a good side and we could have been ahead at half time, and then it could have been a different game.

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“But over the season I’m really pleased. We have had a lot going on this season and it’s been a big challenge and a strangely enjoyable season, because we were in real bad shape at Christmas, so to turn that around is fantastic.

“We’ve all seen sides have stats like that and who disappear, so to turn it around for the second half of the season has been my biggest achievement as a manager; working it all out, piecing it back together and, along with my staff, getting a team out there that can win games.

“On top of that, the players have delivered. The strength and mentality has been incredible, and in the end the thing that serves you well in the end is not about tactics.

“It’s about the environment - and the players know how to take games on and deliver enough performances to get points on the board.

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“When you take into account the start we made and injuries galore throughout the season, to have the mental strength to see through all that and take it on is a fantastic thing.”

And so, a season that began with the club’s first competitive game in July ends with a guaranteed fifth season in six as a Premier League club.

Dyche added: “It’s been a tough old season in so many ways, and European football was a great badge of honour for this football club, after over 50-odd years.

“I heard about all the history of the club when I first got here and now we are creating history every single season, and that is a remarkable thing for these players.

“They don’t know it yet, and maybe I don’t either, but there will come a time in my life when I look back and realise all the good work that has been done here.”

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