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Dyche hails Clarets after Derby double
SEAN Dyche insists Burnley deserved their Derby double, and called for a repeat against Leicester on Saturday to end the calendar year on a high.
The Clarets boss was not in charge of the team that won the first fixture at Pride Park in September.
But after overseeing a Boxing Day 2-0 win at Turf Moor, thanks to deflected goals from Charlie Austin and Michael Duff, he felt they were full value for their first win in six games.
Burnley have lost only once in seven, but there have been four draws in that run.
Dyche was delighted to get the edge yesterday.
“I've spoken recently that I think the performance levels have been worthy or more points on the board,” he said.
“I thought there were really good signs of another good performance and this time we did get the points with two very good goals - for two different reasons – and a nice clean sheet.
“Derby I think are a fair side. I saw them on Friday night and they’ve always got players who can cause trouble and players who can come to life, as they did for 20 minutes in the second half. But the way we went about it and the feel of it then for sure it was a good performance and I thought we did come out worthy winners.”
Of the clean sheet – their fourth in 11 games under Dyche, he added: “We’ve been trying to keep (Lee Grant) quiet and I’m pleased for the defenders and the keeper – I’m pleased for the team – but a clean sheet was appropriate because we feel there’s been a couple of goals gone in recently against the run of play and that can be a bitter pill to swallow.
“They went about their business correctly and appropriately and generally I thought it was a very good win.
“The mentality we spoke about is a big part of it. Only one loss in seven, we’re looking good value for that. In fact, being greedy, we should have a few more points out of that.
“But the mentality is good, the style of play has been very good, I thought we shifted the ball through the units well other than the 20 minutes after half-time and went out and controlled the last 15 minutes of the game and did a very professional job.”
Austin, who broke the deadlock six minutes before the break, was withdrawn through in the second half, but Dyche hopes it is nothing serious.
“It’s just a bit of tightness,” he explained.
“We’ll find out more over the next day or so. We’re hoping it’s something and nothing.”
Junior Stanislas missed the game with a hamstring problem but could be back to face Leicester on Saturday.
“He’s got a tight hamstring and it was too touch and go to risk,” Dyche added.
“The risk and reward of injuries you have to monitor wisely with the medical team.”
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