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Dyche: Shape-Shifters Deserved A Point

28 September 2019

Sean Dyche felt a half time change of shape helped salvage a point from a feisty Villa Park clash.

The Clarets trailed at the break through Anwar El Ghazi’s sublime finish, after the hosts had a goal rightly chalked off by VAR for offside.

However, following Jack Cork’s shoulder injury, the introduction of Jay Rodriguez and a shift to 4-3-3 worked the oracle as the Burnley-born striker grabbed his first Premier League goal for the Clarets.

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And after John McGinn restored the hosts’ lead, Chris Wood struck with his third goal in two games to earn a share of the spoils.

“We thought it would be hard here. They’re new to the division and never lie down, but neither do we,” said the delighted Burnley boss.

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“Seeing out games is difficult in the Premier League, so I always fancied us to come back, even after the second goal.

“I didn’t know it would be so quickly, but these lads are never beaten. Their spirit, drive and determination came to the fore again.

“We had to change the shape at half time, when Corky had to come off after hurting his shoulder, but also we felt it was the right thing to do.

“I told them ‘trust yourself to go and play in that change of shape because you did it in pre-season and at Brighton’.


“It’s something we can adapt to when necessary and today it definitely had an effect on the game.”

Dyche added: “I was pleased with the second half delivery and how effective we were. It’s never easy away from home and they probably had the upper hand in the first half, but after the break we really took the game on and had so many moments in which we should have played a better final pass.

“They can be important moments, but as regards effort, mentality, will and desire we were outstanding again and our two goals both came from brilliant crosses.

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“Erik (Pieters) has done brilliantly to dig one out for the first and it’s a great header from Jay.

“The second one from Woody is a sublime goal. He comes off his shape and when it’s played wide he drives into the box, and it’s a magnificent cross and a great header.

“It was four great crosses and four great goals to be fair today and we definitely deserved something.”

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