Dyche Admits Clarets Relief

Dyche Admits Clarets Relief

Burnley boss Sean Dyche admitted his relief after his side registered their first win in nine Premier League matches.

The Clarets wrapped up a 1-0 home victory over Brighton, with the goal coming in the 40th minute when Jack Cork hit a shot and the ball went in off James Tarkowski’s chest.

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Having survived Brighton’s pressure in the second half to secure what was only their third league win of the season, the Clarets moved up from second-bottom to 17th in the table.

Dyche, whose side had lost six of their previous eight games, said: “I think it’s been a tough early period of the season. We are kind of getting back to where I think we should be performance-wise, but then you’ve got to turn performances into results.

“I think we’ve actually played better than we did today but the basics were done very well. “The quality of the shape, the importance of the details, the resilience that the side showed many times – those features are coming back into the side, and I’ve always said that gives you a base to work from.

“We still know we can play better with the ball, that technically we can find better moments. We had four or five during the game, and two or three particularly second half that were clear breakaway situations, on the counter, where we should do better, and then we kill the game off.

“I think there’s a mixture of joy at a win but also a bit of relief because we’ve been on a tough run, and everyone feels it.

“The crowd felt it right at the end when they were putting corners in and spinning it in the box from everywhere, that bit of nervousness. But you get that one closed off like we did and then see what comes next. We’ve ground one out today.”

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