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Dyche: Enjoy The Moment

7 October 2019

Sean Dyche hailed his players and staff as Jeff Hendrick’s winner catapulted Burnley up to seventh in the Premier League.

A set play from the training ground worked a treat as Hendrick, back in his favoured central midfield role, smashed home a deep Ashley Westwood corner at the far post to win a tight Turf Moor tussle against the 10-man Toffees.

And Dyche was content to let others take the plaudits as his side earned their 12th point of the season to equal the total achieved at the half-way point of the last turbulent campaign.

“I don’t get too carried away with league table. I’m more interested in the one at the end of the season,” laughed Dyche.

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“Don’t get me wrong, it’s to be enjoyed for Burnley Football Club and the fans, but for me it’s about focusing on every game and on where we are at the end of the season.

“But within that, there are still moments to be enjoyed and you take in these performances and where we are now, compared to a year ago.

“We are in a good place because the players have earned the right. They have come back with a real edge to them and I’ll remind you, I was just as proud of them this time last season, when we didn’t have as many points behind us.”

Dyche, who celebrates seven years at Turf Moor later this month, added: “One of my many obsessions is finding different ways to win and today was a really tight, tough game.

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“They are a really good side and I know they’ve had a tough run, but they have quality all over the pitch.

“But I thought we contained them well and the red card probably changes the feel of it.

“But credit to them because they opened up the pitch and we didn’t really get to grips with that for the next 5 or 10 minutes.

“But the goal finally came and credit to my staff because they work on things like that and analyse the situations.

“Set-pieces still account for 25-30% of goals, so they are an important part of the game and I think we do it well at both ends.

“That settled us down again and the shape was good from there on in.”

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Seamus Coleman saw red for the visitors early in the second half following a barge on Dwight McNeil, which followed an accidental, but reckless first half challenge that ultimately forced Erik Pieters out of the game.

“Erik is ok, we think,” said Dyche. “I don’t think Seamus Coleman is that type of player, indeed I don’t think there are too many of that type around anymore.

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“But equally, that first challenge is still probably a red card. On reflection, when you see it, it doesn’t look a good tackle, and even though he hasn’t meant it, the referee’s role is not to decide if it’s an accident, but whether it’s dangerous.

“I like a tackle, but once he’s got the yellow for the first, I think the red for the second is inevitable.”

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