When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Dyche feels hard Dunn by
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche admitted he was proud of his players after they “almost changed history” in the East Lancashire derby.
The Clarets looked on course to secure a first win against Blackburn Rovers in 34 years after Jason Shackell gave them a first-half lead, despite going down to 10 men in the 65th minute when Ben Mee was issued a second yellow card.
Despite the numerical advantage for the last half-hour, including six minutes of stoppage time, there had been nothing to trouble goalkeeper Lee Grant.
But David Dunn popped up late to salvage a point in their fight for survival in yesterday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Burnley’s hopes of taking home three points and the bragging rights home from Ewood Park had been dealt a bitter blow, particularly as Dyche noted afterwards that Dunn was two yards offside when he scored.
However, the Clarets boss preferred to focus on the positives of his own sides performance, believing they wereback to their best on his watch, and urged them to use it as a platform for a strong end to the season.
“In the first half we took the game on, played some really good football, opened up numerous chances, got a goal. We were in control of it and in the second half never looked in any trouble,” he said.
“The sending off changes the game quite obviously. To put that amount of effort in, fantastic organisation to see the game out, to concede an offside goal it inevitably hurts you.
“I’ve seen it again, he’s two yards offside and that’s a real, real sickener when the players have worked that hard for themselves, the team and the club.
“It’s one of those highly frustrating days when yet again we have to over-earn something from the game because things are out of our control, and they were out of our control with the decision at the end.
“I didn’t think we got parity of decisions, it seemed to me that a lot went against us. We’ve had that happen too many times this season.
“I’m proud of the players, proud for what they gave, and proud for the supporters.
“We almost changed history for us. We deserved to.”
He added: “We had good chances, their keeper made a fantastic save.
“We’re a good side when we’re at it. We looked full of energy and full of endeavour. “We made it clear we wanted to make it a real derby. We want to play like that all the time. We want to press teams, we want to work them, we want to put them on the back foot.
“We talk about playing on the front foot all the time. The players were back on it, they were back to where we think they can be and where we want to go with them.
“It’s a work in progress, but there were clear signs again – on a big occasion for them as well, I thought they handled it fantastically.
“Going down to 10 men we didn’t look fazed, there was really good organisation, the way they went about it and delivered energy, effort and endeavour.
“I thought we’d sealed it.
“It’s just a real blow for ourselves and the fans who had travelled in numbers.”
Having just returned from the injury he suffered in the last derby with Rovers in December, Mee was given his marching orders for fouls in quick succession against Dunn and Grant Hanley.
After a fortnight break for internationals, the defender will now miss Burnley’s trip to Dyche’s old club Watford.
“He’ll learn. He’s an honest boy,” added the Clarets boss.
“He was in his second game back and getting his eye in. “He’d had a bad touch and just over-run it, wanted to make up for it and his endeavour took him into the challenge. “It wasn’t a bad challenge, I’ve seen it again. It’s not a nasty challenge or malicious, but the referee’s under pressure to make a decision.”