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Burnley boss Dyche praises players but blasts pitch

BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche praised the way his players dealt with a double injury blow and poor pitch to keep on course for the Premier League with a 3-0 win at struggling Charlton Athletic.

The Clarets were without key men Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier, after both picked up minor injuries in the last two games.

But it was business as usual despite the absence of their top scorer and leading assist maker as an unbeaten Championship run stretched to 15 games.

New signing Chris Baird marked his debut at right back with a clean sheet while Ashley Barnes grabbed his first goal for the club to set them on their way to restoring their 10-point cushion in second place in response to Derby County's lunchtime win over Nottingham Forest.

Sam Vokes took his tally for the season to 20 from the penalty spot early in the second half, after he was fouled by Rhoys Wiggins, while substitute Michael Kightly forced a third in stoppage time.

"It was a very good away performance on what is definitely the worst football pitch I've seen in many years," said Dyche.

"I've played on some horrors in my time but I've never witnessed anything like that at this level.

"We'd seen a couple of previous games and they'd heavily watered it and at least the ball was travelling. There wasn't as much on it today so it was bobbling everywhere. I thought the players adapted to it fantastically well and played really good common sense football.

"They utilised passing in the top third of the pitch when they could.

"We knew we have quality in that area of the pitch and I thought overall they delivered a performance that it needed on that pitch.

"They (Charlton) had just come off the back of two draws and a win. At home they've got a good feelgood factor off their results and I thought they started really brightly, and all credit to them for that.

"But once we got a foothold in the game and started to adapt to the game and the circumstances, particularly the pitch, I thought we looked good value as the game built and we started playing some productive football, and obviously scored goals."

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6:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

I saw the pitch on The Football League Show last weekend and I thought then that it looked awful. Well played lads.
I saw the pitch on The Football League Show last weekend and I thought then that it looked awful. Well played lads. RobH2O
  • Score: 15

7:11pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

Well done Barnesy and new boy Baird for slotting seemlessly into the team today for another BIG win and clean sheet.
Hoping Ingsey and Tripps recover quickly but at least we know we can still perform and get results in their absence.
Go Clarets Go!
Well done Barnesy and new boy Baird for slotting seemlessly into the team today for another BIG win and clean sheet. Hoping Ingsey and Tripps recover quickly but at least we know we can still perform and get results in their absence. Go Clarets Go! Scamp Kingsley
  • Score: 16

11:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Never mind, we won't have to suffer such pish poor quality pitches next season.
Never mind, we won't have to suffer such pish poor quality pitches next season. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 7

11:40am Sun 23 Mar 14

Terrier man says...

35 years
35 years Terrier man
  • Score: -9

12:24pm Sun 23 Mar 14

u owe u owe says...

Yesterday, jack bought a title,
Now its far away,
The championship is where we are today,
Oh we still live in yesterday.

Suddenly, Burnley broke our record, now it used to be,
Now there's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh yesterday came suddenly.
Yesterday, jack bought a title, Now its far away, The championship is where we are today, Oh we still live in yesterday. Suddenly, Burnley broke our record, now it used to be, Now there's a shadow hanging over me. Oh yesterday came suddenly. u owe u owe
  • Score: 6

2:03pm Sun 23 Mar 14

shimmy says...

Looks as if they can now make sure Ings and Tripps are back to full fitness, no need to rush their return. Well done the Clarets
Looks as if they can now make sure Ings and Tripps are back to full fitness, no need to rush their return. Well done the Clarets shimmy
  • Score: 8

9:10pm Sun 23 Mar 14

masher50 says...

shimmy wrote:
Looks as if they can now make sure Ings and Tripps are back to full fitness, no need to rush their return. Well done the Clarets
It's an incredible situation we never thought to see - 2 of our best players injured, still winning, and the replacements potentially good enough to make the injured players have to fight for their place back in the team!
[quote][p][bold]shimmy[/bold] wrote: Looks as if they can now make sure Ings and Tripps are back to full fitness, no need to rush their return. Well done the Clarets[/p][/quote]It's an incredible situation we never thought to see - 2 of our best players injured, still winning, and the replacements potentially good enough to make the injured players have to fight for their place back in the team! masher50
  • Score: 4

8:02am Mon 24 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

Terrier man wrote:
35 years
So what?
[quote][p][bold]Terrier man[/bold] wrote: 35 years[/p][/quote]So what? RobH2O
  • Score: 3

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