SEAN Dyche was delighted to see his side record a first away win of the season as Burnley came out on the right side of a game of two halves at Watford.

The Clarets were under the cosh during the first but saw Chris Wood break the deadlock eight minutes into the second.

Ashley Barnes’ penalty and a late James Tarkowski goal made sure of the 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

While his side where clinical, Dyche was particularly impressed by the performance of Nick Pope who picked up from where he left off after his full England debut.

“Personally I thought it was a bit of a game of two halves, first half we were below par and Watford had the edge, without getting peppered,” Dyche said.

“We didn’t look clear-minded, and we looked like we were waiting for something to happen rather than making it happen.

“Second half, a really good reaction, for me, for the detail in his work, Nick Pope was excellent, he made saves he’d probably make, but his handling, his aggressive nature in coming off his line to take crosses, they are important factors, particularly as a defensive unit, people often think it’s just about a catch or a bit of calmness, but it spreads a feeling around your team, the opposition think they have a chance and a big monster like him comes and claims it and they haven’t.

“I like the psychology of when keepers play like that.

“I was a centre half and it’s a great feeling, it makes a big difference. Goalkeepers can bring a calmness. First half he made a couple of saves I’d expect him to make, and the defensive unit kept us in it, without being peppered, but we couldn’t get a foothold.

“We weren’t where we need to be to win, so that resilience to make sure we stayed intact is important. It’s very difficult dominating games in the Premier League, certainly for us, so therefore if you’re not, you have to stay in it to win it, and second half we got the big moments.

“I honestly don’t think it was a 3-0 performance, Watford gave as good as they got, but you end up taking the 3-0.”

It was a second straight 3-0 victory for the Clarets after the win over West Ham at Turf Moor before the international break but Dyche insisted the two were very different.

“I thought it was a fair reflection of the West Ham game, but today it didn’t feel like a 3-0,” the Burnley boss said.

“Watford gave as good as they got, but key moments were the thing.

“Great finish from Woody, who adjusted his feet at the last second to get a cleaner strike - that’s clever.

“We get a penalty, which I think is, Ben Foster made a couple of good saves, we hit the bar, but it wasn’t like the West Ham game.

“But I’ll take the win, hands down, first away win and all the rest that goes with it.”