SEAN Dyche once again paid tribute to the character of his Burnley side after they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Watford on Saturday.
The injury-hit Clarets were on the verge of consecutive defeats for the first time this season as they trailed to a Troy Deeney goal, but Scott Arfield’s smart finish levelled the match four minutes from time.
The result strengthened Burnley’s promotion chances, with QPR and Derby both losing.
“It was a moment of real quality from Scott to make sure we got a point out of the game after they scored a deflected goal, which sometimes happens,” Dyche said.
“To respond how we did, we’ve done it many times this season and the mentality of the players yet again and the quality of the play was terrific.
“Watford had been on good form at home, they’d won five and drawn one so we weren’t thinking that it was going to be a walk in the park.
“We’ve had a few challenges with players missing but I thought the lads’ mentality to deliver a performance was excellent.
“It seemed like we had a lot of the ball and we used it wisely. They seemed to pack the box with bodies and that can be very difficult to break down.
“I felt that over the game we could tire them out and our lads don’t tire, they just keep going.
“The minimum we deserved was to get something from the game.”
Arfield has now netted eight goals this season and was used in a role just off lone striker Ashley Barnes on Saturday, with Danny Ings and Sam Vokes injured “Scott has got quality, at times that quality can be underestimated,” Dyche said.
“I didn’t think it was one of his better performances but he’s got that mentality to continue to play for the team.
“We know he’s got goals in him, he’s shown that this season, and that’s why he played where he did.”