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Burnley boss hails his table-toppers
SEAN Dyche hailed one of Burnley’s most complete performances of the season as the Clarets stayed top of the league.
Dyche, named manager of the month for September, said his side were ‘excellent’ as they swept aside Reading on Saturday.
The 2-1 scoreline did not do justice to the home team’s dominance of the game and but for some excellent saves from Alex McCarthy the victory would have been more comfortable.
“I try and be balanced in my opinion and I thought we were absolutely excellent, we created many chances and looked solid,” said Dyche.
“There were very good signs about the group again, it’s a work in progress, and I like the honesty within the group.
“They’re not taking things for granted or getting involved in things around the situation, including me getting the manager of the month award.
“A lot is made of that, but we cleared that out of their minds and they had a good focus and delivered a really good performance.”
Danny Ings celebrated his England Under 21 call up with another goal and an assist, and he was also thwarted on several occasions by McCarthy.
“I haven’t really spoken to him about it (the call-up), added Dyche.
“I congratulated him, I wished him well – it is fully deserved I must say, but he’s just a young man enjoying his football.
“We prompt and guide him with things we feel are important, we let him know if we don’t think what he’s doing is appropriate.
“But the team are enjoying their football, they’re enjoying the culture we set, understanding the detail we think is important, and believing in it, taking ownership of it and running with it.”
Dyche also hailed the backing of the fans, whose vociferous support helped keep the players going when Reading finally mounted some pressure on the Clarets goal in the final 10 minutes.
“I said last year we had to try to live up to an expectation at the club, and people said I was blaming the fans – I wasn’t at all,” said Dyche.
“There is an expectation, there always has been, I think it’s calmed and realigned slightly, we work with the group we’ve got and I’m pleased with the signs.
“If the fans join in with that, fantastic.
“The challenge comes when you don’t win a game, two or three, which can happen.
“That’s when fan mentality can play a part, that’s when the team need help and support.
“Hopefully that won’t come but the stats, the league, suggests it might.
“We’ll do our best to safeguard against that and hope the fans come with us on the journey.”
The only downside to the win was Kieran Tripper requiring lengthy treatment in the final few minutes, but Dyche said the full back’s injury wasn’t serious.
“Tripps is okay,” he said. “It was a bad knock, but just a knock.
“Over the next 24 hours or so it will settle, but he seems happy within himself.”
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