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'We deserved more than a draw', says Burnley boss Dyche
5:40pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in Football
Junior Stanislas scored first in the 100th competitive meeting and Burnley looked on course to end a 34-year wait for East Lancashire bragging rights.
But a mistake by Scott Arfield gave Jordan Rhodes an opening within 10 minutes of Stanislas' 76th minute strike. Michael Duff tried to clear, but the ball hit Rhodes on the shin and spun over Tom Heaton to level.
Lee Williamson was red-carded a minute after coming off the bench for Blackburn Rovers for bringing down Danny Ings on a quick counter attack.
But in stoppage time there was little opportunity for the Clarets to capitalise, leaving Dyche to reflect on their misfortune.
"We had a number of chances to get the ball away - it's a momentary thing and Rhodes gets an unbelievably lucky finish in a game we deserved to win overall,” said Dyche, after his third East Lancashire derby ended in a third 1-1 draw.
"We played them here last year and drew 1-1, but he only had four touches all game and scored. To be fair he's read it early but you're not expecting a goal from that position.
"I thought in the first half we were excellent, we kept the ball and created chances. In the second half Blackburn went more direct and it became a bit more like a derby and we didn't secure the ball as well as I'd hoped."
Dyche credited Stanislas for a superb finish.
"It's great when your substitution comes off, Danny Ings has set him up brilliantly and it was a fantastic finish from Junior and on another day worthy of winning the game,” he said.
"We thought we had the win today, it was a strange moment that cost us again, but one day it will turn. I don't believe in records, I take each game as it comes."
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