Sean Dyche hailed the impact of Jeff Hendrick and his fellow subs as the Clarets produced another late, late show to snatch a point at Brighton.
Irish midfielder Hendrick struck seconds into stoppage time to cancel out Neil Maupay’s opener for the Seagulls and earn a share of the spoils, in similar fashion to Michael Keane’s header to salvage a point in 2016.
This time, however, it was a stunning drive, following a neat flick from fellow substitute Matej Vydra, that broke Brighton’s rearguard.
And Dyche was pleased as punch for Hendrick, whose strike on his 100th Premier League appearance capped off a fine week that also saw him earn his 50th Irish cap.
“All credit to Jeff because he’s a fantastic pro. The margins are tight and he’s a bit unlucky not to be playing at the moment,” said Dyche.
“The players probably think the team picks itself, but I told them it doesn’t, and Jeff has certainly knocked on the door today.
“He deserves that and over the season he will play his part, for sure.
“We all know it’s a squad game. All three substitutes came on and affected the game, and what a great mentality again.
“We’ve done that so many times and that’s because of the joint mentality of the whole group.
“We keep playing for every breath and that’ a powerful thing that, over a season, pays you back. It can’t be under-estimated and It’s done that today with a valuable point on the road.”
That looked unlikely at the Amex where, after a bright start, Burnley were second best before and after Maupay volleyed home the opening goal six minutes after the re-start.
“It’s a strange feeling because I felt for the first 25 minutes of half an hour we were excellent,” added Dyche.
“We had two or three golden chances and that’s where the big teams punish others, but we were playing well.
“We broke their play and the crowd were just about to turn, then they went back to a more familiar rhythm from last season and looked a different side.
“The balance of the play levelled a little bit, but in the second half I felt Brighton were good.
“All credit to them and we never got to grips with them at all. We just didn’t look like ourselves, with too many long straight balls and everyone kind of looking for someone else to do something.
“I don’t want to be too critical because that’s the first dip we’ve had in the performances this season.
“But we had to make a change and I was pleased with all three substitutes because they affected the game, culminating in Jeff scoring a fine goal.”