Saturday 22 July 2017

Proud Dyche toasts Clarets

Burnley 2 West Bromwich Albion 2

Sam Vokes, right, scored twice for Burnley. Photo: PA Wire
Sam Vokes, right, scored twice for Burnley. Photo: PA Wire

Sean Dyche saw Burnley reach the 40-point mark that all but confirmed their Premier League survival and spoke of his pride at how his team have defied the odds.

The Clarets drew 2-2 against West Brom at Turf Moor, with the second of Sam Vokes' two goals coming four minutes from time, to reach the figure widely seen as sufficient to stay up.

Sean Dyche's Burnley edged closer to safety after the home draw. Photo: PA Wire
Sean Dyche's Burnley edged closer to safety after the home draw. Photo: PA Wire

Last season's second-tier champions had been tipped to go straight back down by most bookmakers, as they had done in their previous two Premier League tilts, yet anything but a Swansea victory later yesterday would assure them of a place in next year's top flight.

Asked about the scale of the achievement, Dyche said: "It just shows it's very difficult. It's very difficult at the top level of football without major finance, we did it to a reasonable degree for a club of this size. Nowhere near everyone else.

"It's more about wages. There are teams who get players on frees who are paying astronomical wages. We are good on both and that's because we have to be. It's the way this club has to work. I manage what I am given.

"I take great pride in that we all see beyond that and we got on with it. We take some knocks along the way, question marks about how we are trying to play, but 40 points, with two games left, for a team that was given absolutely zero chance of being in the Premier League, I think that's a fair marker."

Tony Pulis' Albion stay eight in the table. Photo: PA News
Tony Pulis' Albion stay eight in the table. Photo: PA News

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