Defender can keep place in Clarets team, says Dyche

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

DANNY Lafferty has got what it takes to be a first-team fixture, according to Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

The left back was only brought back into the side following injury to Ben Mee in early December, having previously fallen down the pecking order with the arrival of Joseph Mills on a season-long loan from Reading in the summer.

But, 12 months after signing from League of Ireland side Derry City, Dyche said Lafferty is staking a strong claim for the left back berth.

“I think it’s fair to say he’s performed well,” said the Burnley boss.

“He’s still learning. He’s had a couple of ups and downs and periods in games when he’s gone quiet, but generally he’s performed well.

“He’s served us well and served himself and the team well really in Ben’s absence.

“Ben’s going to be looking at that now, but that’s healthy for the squad.

“I think there are a few good stories at the minute, which are slowly but surely opening up as the season goes on.”

Lafferty was hampered by the after-effects of a hamstring injury he suffered before signing for the Clarets when he first arrived last January.

He made his debut at Cardiff City in March and played only a further four times, but did enough to catch the eye of the Northern Ireland selectors and made his debut in the summer against Holland.

Mills was picked to start the season under Eddie Howe, with Mee consigned to the bench and Lafferty out of the squad altogether bar the Capital One Cup second and third round games.

He has been given a chance by Dyche, and he has taken it.

“The good thing with fresh eyes is that it gives everyone a fresh chance in the group. We felt that he was one we wanted to have a look at,” said the Burnley boss, for whom the 24-year-old was a largely unknown quantity when he took charge in October.

“We were quite fresh to him, in a sense. The good side of that is you see what you see and you get on with it.

“Coming out of the League of Ireland and it’s all new to you and fresh to you - the professionalism, the pace of it, power of it, and he’s still adapting to it.

“But he’s showing a good flexibility to it, mentally and physically, which is important.”

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9:35am Thu 17 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

Looks an excellent prospect. Quick, good feet with a great cross and he is improving on his defending.

With Trippier on the other flanks we have two of the most attacking fullbacks in the league.
Looks an excellent prospect. Quick, good feet with a great cross and he is improving on his defending. With Trippier on the other flanks we have two of the most attacking fullbacks in the league. Blackburn fans love horses
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10:03am Thu 17 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Looks an excellent prospect. Quick, good feet with a great cross and he is improving on his defending.

With Trippier on the other flanks we have two of the most attacking fullbacks in the league.
You can't beat having a player who is playing his way out like Austin has. Putting themselves in the shop window like rodriguez and chaplow, anything but stop at t turd. Firesale starts monday to raise funds to buy back your tram shed so the tramps have sonewhere to sleep.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Looks an excellent prospect. Quick, good feet with a great cross and he is improving on his defending. With Trippier on the other flanks we have two of the most attacking fullbacks in the league.[/p][/quote]You can't beat having a player who is playing his way out like Austin has. Putting themselves in the shop window like rodriguez and chaplow, anything but stop at t turd. Firesale starts monday to raise funds to buy back your tram shed so the tramps have sonewhere to sleep. 8 Ball Deluxe
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10:13am Thu 17 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

Morning Eight Balls - Loving the news this morning that those massive Burnley fans Venkys (Praise be to Allah) are planning on replacing your international fullback with one that costs £150k from relegation threatened Barnsley.

Operation Administration is well under way, fasten your seatbelt, you plug-ugly keyboard warrior and enjoy the ride.
Morning Eight Balls - Loving the news this morning that those massive Burnley fans Venkys (Praise be to Allah) are planning on replacing your international fullback with one that costs £150k from relegation threatened Barnsley. Operation Administration is well under way, fasten your seatbelt, you plug-ugly keyboard warrior and enjoy the ride. Blackburn fans love horses
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10:57am Thu 17 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Morning Eight Balls - Loving the news this morning that those massive Burnley fans Venkys (Praise be to Allah) are planning on replacing your international fullback with one that costs £150k from relegation threatened Barnsley.

Operation Administration is well under way, fasten your seatbelt, you plug-ugly keyboard warrior and enjoy the ride.
Morning Burger King,
If someone pays 4 million for Olsson, I'll drive him there myself, he is a terrible defender, going forward he's okay but its defenders we need so maybe if your two fullbacks keep training hard and come on a bit they could earn a move to the coliseum of creation that is Ewood Park.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Morning Eight Balls - Loving the news this morning that those massive Burnley fans Venkys (Praise be to Allah) are planning on replacing your international fullback with one that costs £150k from relegation threatened Barnsley. Operation Administration is well under way, fasten your seatbelt, you plug-ugly keyboard warrior and enjoy the ride.[/p][/quote]Morning Burger King, If someone pays 4 million for Olsson, I'll drive him there myself, he is a terrible defender, going forward he's okay but its defenders we need so maybe if your two fullbacks keep training hard and come on a bit they could earn a move to the coliseum of creation that is Ewood Park. 8 Ball Deluxe
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11:09am Thu 17 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Morning Eight Balls - Loving the news this morning that those massive Burnley fans Venkys (Praise be to Allah) are planning on replacing your international fullback with one that costs £150k from relegation threatened Barnsley.

Operation Administration is well under way, fasten your seatbelt, you plug-ugly keyboard warrior and enjoy the ride.
Morning Burger King,
If someone pays 4 million for Olsson, I'll drive him there myself, he is a terrible defender, going forward he's okay but its defenders we need so maybe if your two fullbacks keep training hard and come on a bit they could earn a move to the coliseum of creation that is Ewood Park.
The Coliseum of Creation?

Do you mean the Bucket of Chicken?

Or the Dump of Despair?

Or the Pantheon of Protesting?

Or perhaps the Theatre of Kievs?
[quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Morning Eight Balls - Loving the news this morning that those massive Burnley fans Venkys (Praise be to Allah) are planning on replacing your international fullback with one that costs £150k from relegation threatened Barnsley. Operation Administration is well under way, fasten your seatbelt, you plug-ugly keyboard warrior and enjoy the ride.[/p][/quote]Morning Burger King, If someone pays 4 million for Olsson, I'll drive him there myself, he is a terrible defender, going forward he's okay but its defenders we need so maybe if your two fullbacks keep training hard and come on a bit they could earn a move to the coliseum of creation that is Ewood Park.[/p][/quote]The Coliseum of Creation? Do you mean the Bucket of Chicken? Or the Dump of Despair? Or the Pantheon of Protesting? Or perhaps the Theatre of Kievs? Blackburn fans love horses
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8:39pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Chris P Bacon says...

Blackburn fans love horses; you're WAY to smart for the idiot, 'Name-Changer de-luxe' so why descend to that shobgite's (Sp) level? Treat it like we'd treat a scab and ignore it and then let's see who can spot the name change first as it attempts to leach its leprous ways back in to having someone descend to its level.
Blackburn fans love horses; you're WAY to smart for the idiot, 'Name-Changer de-luxe' so why descend to that shobgite's (Sp) level? Treat it like we'd treat a scab and ignore it and then let's see who can spot the name change first as it attempts to leach its leprous ways back in to having someone descend to its level. Chris P Bacon
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10:14pm Thu 17 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Blackburn fans love horses; you're WAY to smart for the idiot, 'Name-Changer de-luxe' so why descend to that shobgite's (Sp) level? Treat it like we'd treat a scab and ignore it and then let's see who can spot the name change first as it attempts to leach its leprous ways back in to having someone descend to its level.
Does anyone listen to a guy who shaves his legs??
Thought not.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Blackburn fans love horses; you're WAY to smart for the idiot, 'Name-Changer de-luxe' so why descend to that shobgite's (Sp) level? Treat it like we'd treat a scab and ignore it and then let's see who can spot the name change first as it attempts to leach its leprous ways back in to having someone descend to its level.[/p][/quote]Does anyone listen to a guy who shaves his legs?? Thought not. 8 Ball Deluxe
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10:22pm Thu 17 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Blackburn fans love horses; you're WAY to smart for the idiot, 'Name-Changer de-luxe' so why descend to that shobgite's (Sp) level? Treat it like we'd treat a scab and ignore it and then let's see who can spot the name change first as it attempts to leach its leprous ways back in to having someone descend to its level.
Anyway speaking of idiots, and as you are always correcting grammar like a clean shaved, smooth legged she-male, whats the hyphen in the middle of deluxe for you thick inbred maggot. Stick to riding yer bike and bore off.
Consider yourself potted, yellow ball, middle pocket.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Blackburn fans love horses; you're WAY to smart for the idiot, 'Name-Changer de-luxe' so why descend to that shobgite's (Sp) level? Treat it like we'd treat a scab and ignore it and then let's see who can spot the name change first as it attempts to leach its leprous ways back in to having someone descend to its level.[/p][/quote]Anyway speaking of idiots, and as you are always correcting grammar like a clean shaved, smooth legged she-male, whats the hyphen in the middle of deluxe for you thick inbred maggot. Stick to riding yer bike and bore off. Consider yourself potted, yellow ball, middle pocket. 8 Ball Deluxe
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