Burnley boss Dyche takes positives from a point on dramatic day for Reading (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley boss Dyche takes positives from a point on dramatic day for Reading
10:03pm Saturday 3rd May 2014 in Football
BURNLEY signed off their promotion season the way it began, with a point.
And in a dramatic finale it proved enough to deny opponents Reading a place in the play-off after Brighton scored a late winner at Nottingham Forest.
But Clarets boss Sean Dyche said he was concentrating only on his own team and not outside factors as they extended an unbeaten away run to 12 Championship games.
Burnley bounced back quickly after going behind to Kieran Trippier's own goal with Scott Arfield's ninth of the season, before Danny Ings put them in front with his 26th.
Ings was denied in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy before the break, which in all likelihood have put the game to bed.
Instead Garath McCleary's stunning second half volley restored parity, and at the time Reading's position in sixth spot, only for Brighton to clinch it at the death.
"I thought we were bright first half, their goal, albeit an own goal, kind of kicked us into life and we were very good after that," said Dyche.
"I thought the defining moment was their keeper saving from Ingsy, I think that would have swung it considerably in our favour.
"I thought we were on top at that time, but credit to Reading, they had to go for it, and they did.
"The ball came forward, and forward and forward, but I thought overall we defended well and I'm happy with a point and some good individual performances.
"You have to remember, mentally, our players had done the job. It's different at home, your fans are there and you want to give them that win, but away it can be a softening off, although I didn't think there were signs of that - they were terrific."
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