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Friday 2 December 2016

Sean Dyche not getting carried away by Burnley's latest win

Published 05/11/2016 | 18:31

Burnley's Ashley Barnes scores his side's winner
Burnley's Ashley Barnes scores his side's winner

Sean Dyche sought to play down the significance of Burnley's rise into the top half of the Premier League table after substitute Ashley Barnes served up another dramatic late show at Turf Moor.

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Barnes fired the winner in the fourth minute of injury time after Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke had dragged Crystal Palace back from a two-goal deficit and looked to have snatched them a point.

Their win - set up by early strikes from Sam Vokes and Johann Gudmundsson - sent the Clarets up to ninth but Dyche insisted the most important thing is not to get carried away.

Dyche said: "Every single win is to be enjoyed but not thought about too deeply as if some kind of magic has happened.

"It feels like we've given ourselves a good base. We know we have to continue to learn an improve. It was enjoyable for all of us but the whistle will blow again before we know it and we will have to get back to business.

"Points against anyone in the Premier League are fantastic. To get those points on the board we have to build on the mentality of the group coming out of the Championship and add to it, and I'm very pleased with how we've done that so far."

Dyche reserved particular praise for Barnes, who missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament injury and was also hampered by hamstring problems prior to his first appearance of the season as a substitute at Old Trafford last week.

The striker slammed the ball into the roof of the net just minutes after replacing Jeff Hendrick and Dyche said: "Ashley has had this niggly injury which kept him out but we know he is a strong character to come through that and it (today) was the icing on the cake.

"To come back into the squad for a few minutes last week then to score the winner today with a fantastic finish - the ball in was sublime and the finish is absolutely immaculate.

"Our mentality was superb but to go 2-2 from a counter-attack I thought 'which way is this going' and sometimes you've got to got with what you were thinking.

"(Andre) Gray was the obvious choice but I thought it was right for Barnesy - I thought he could fill the two slots up front and he did both and he scored the winner."

Palace boss Alan Pardew bemoaned his side's silly defensive errors which set them up for their fourth consecutive defeat.

Pardew said: "I would have been quite happy to take the point but we made another error - we made errors for all three of their goals really.

"It was such a committed display from us and we we were so in control at times, so it's galling to come away with a defeat.

"Even in the first 15 minutes I thought we played OK, but we made two errors and they've broken us twice. We're going to have to look at that because as powerful as we are on set-plays we can't over-commit like we did on those occasions.

"There wasn't a lot wrong with our performance today apart from those big errors and to be fair to Burnley they punished us and their confidence is high. But having said that we should have got something today."

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