BOSS Sean Dyche once again heaped praise on winger Dwight McNeil as he racked up another two assists in the Clarets' win against Cardiff.

Striker Chris Wood was the main beneficiary, losing his man to head home a first half corner and then nodding in a second from a couple of yards out in injury time after a McNeil cross had been knocked into his path by Bruno Manga.

And Dyche was fulsome in his assessment of the former Manchester United youngster's contribution as the Clarets all but secured their top flight status.

He said: “Fantastic, he’s a real talent.

"I’ve said it for weeks now, and a long time ago when he first came into the side.

“He’s a really good player, he’s improving, his calmness at the end - I’m saying get it in the corner - but he cuts in, and his calmness to cross it into a dangerous area, and then gets his reward.

“Before then, his calmness to dribble out of trouble - he’s a really good player, really good, and he can only mature.”

McNeil has played a major part in the Clarets’ improvement in the second half of the season with Dyche’s side picking up more points since the turn of the year than Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Burnley boss believes there’s more to come from both McNeil and the team in general as they look to end the season strongly.

Dyche said: “He’s certainly showing good signs of that and we’re really pleased for him, for the work he puts in, and it’s not been easy - it’s not been an easy turnaround to get to where we’ve got to, there’s still more to come, but he’s played a big part in that.”