Sean Dyche had special praise for Chris Wood after he broke his scoring duck for the season with two goals in the win against Norwich on Saturday. The New Zealander has been overshadowed by strike partner Ashley Barnes’ excellent start to the campaign but struck twice in the first 14 minutes in a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor.
Burnley boss Dyche was delighted for Wood and hopes he can now kick on and get some more. “He’s been working diligently and Barnesy’s been getting the praise – rightly so, for his performances and his goals,” Dyche said. “I’m pleased for Woody because he’s stuck at it and he gets two really good goals.”
A week after beating Manchester City, this was something of a Premier League reality check for Norwich, who had a handful of chances but could not apply consistent pressure to Burnley. “They’d had a brilliant result last week quite obviously and we know they can play, they’ve got a tempo to their game and I thought we thwarted all of that with our early pressing, our early endeavour,” said Dyche.
“I thought we did that to Brighton last week for the first 30 minutes but the difference is we scored and that obviously puts them on the back foot further and then we scored the second and it’s a long way back for them. I was pleased with everything. I thought we were super strong today.”
The result brought Burnley a first win since the opening day of the season and saw them climb into the top 10, for 24 hours at least.
Dyche’s only gripes were two decisions by referee David Coote, first in turning down a penalty appeal when Barnes appeared to be felled by Ben Godfrey and then not showing a second yellow card to Ibrahim Amadou for a crude foul on Jay Rodriguez.
“I’m a big fan of VAR but I don’t know where it lives if that’s not a penalty,” said Dyche. “And when I see people rolling all over the floor every week and their lad’s battered Dwight (McNeil) and then battered Jay Rod and doesn’t get a second yellow. Another day that might affect the game.”11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!