SAM Allardyce hailed the 'brilliant' work of Sean Dyche as he made a guest appearance on Match of the Day on Saturday night.

Allardyce and Danny Murphy analysed the Clarets' 1-0 win at Southampton, which was shown third on the show.

Dyche and Allardyce have both been linked with the vacant Everton job, but the former England manager was full of praise for Dyche's work at Turf Moor.

"He's done brilliantly. The board backed him, they've been patient enough to go down and let him bring them back and now they're reaping the rewards," Allardyce said.

"He's got the club where he wants it and he searches for the right players for Burnley.

"Sean has got to decide when he's going to move on and when he's not."

Murphy was impressed with Dyche's double change on 65 minutes, bringing Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes on for Chris Wood and Jeff Hendrick.

"They played one up then brought these two lads in and they roughed them up, they played direct, there's nothing wrong with that, and they changed it and it paid dividends. They both made a difference when they came on," he said.

"This is a super cross (from Johann Berg Gudmundsson for the goal) and what a header from Sam Vokes.

"Good crosses into the box, when you've got two strikers who can head the ball, there's nothing wrong with doing that at a stage of the game when they feel they can win it."

Allardyce also praised the performance of Nick Pope as he kept another clean sheet in Tom Heaton's absence.

"It's terrific for him, it's five clean sheets out of eight. Burnley do the basics right so, so well," he said.

"With a goalkeeper in this form he's making some fantastic saves at the right time and it's keeping Burnley in the game.

"This one is a bit of a mistake, he recovers and he makes up for that mistake.

"Replacing Tom Heaton and waiting patiently for your chance and then taking it as well as this is pretty impressive."