BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche praised Junior Stanislas’ ‘moment of quality’ for securing the win he felt his side deserved against Crystal Palace.
The Clarets were in control for long periods against Ian Holloway’s promotion-chasing team – bossing the first half and having twice as many shots overall.
But it wasn’t until the 81st minute that they had something to show for their efforts, although Dyche felt it was worth the wait.
“It was a tight game and in those situations that moment of quality or a mistake can change it, and I’m pleased to say the moment of quality came with a fine finish from Junior,” said Dyche.
“We know he’s got moments of quality like that, it’s more about his whole game – his whole team game.
“I’ve been aligning the wide players about the team game, and not just their moments of quality.
“It’s a team game at the end of the day, it’s not about one player it’s about the team ethic and as long as that’s in place you’ve always got a chance to win a game.”
Goalscoring opportunities were shared around the team on Saturday, with plenty falling to Sam Vokes.
The targetman struggled to find his range, with most efforts straying off target despite getting into good positions.
But Dyche insisted it was not a case of Vokes being grateful to Stanislas for ultimately producing the winner.
“Vokesy got a point against Blackburn and I’m sure every Burnley fan was happy with that on the day,” said the Burnley boss.
“These are the swings and roundabouts of football,” said the Clarets boss, who was just as pleased with the clean sheet – their third in as many wins from their last four games.
“We limited their attempts at goal to scruffy things, not clean things, which was obviously really pleasing from the back four and the keeper’s point of view.
“The first half in particular I thought our performance was excellent and some of the quality of our football was really high.
“In the second half they had a spell, as you would expect.
“They’ve got a lot of attacking prowess that’s been well written about.
“I’m sure Ian Holloway would argue they should have got something from the game.
“Over the 90 minutes I don’t think so but in the second half you could say it was end to end stuff and there were moments for both teams.
“Vokesy had an unbelievable chance and there were a couple more after that.
“There was a melee for them and then one for us in the second half.
“But overall I thought we deserved the victory.”