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Friday 13 December 2019

Dyche stands by his man

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, pictured, is confident Scott Arfield can move on from his penalty miss
Burnley boss Sean Dyche, pictured, is confident Scott Arfield can move on from his penalty miss

Scott Arfield is "brave enough to take the outcome" of the penalty miss that denied Burnley their first Barclays Premier League win of the season, according to Sean Dyche.

Burnley boss Dyche revealed he will not even raise the missed spot-kick with Arfield after his side's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Palace wasted a glut of chances before Mile Jedinak wrestled Lukas Jutkiewicz to the ground in the box, gifting Burnley a clear opportunity for victory.

Julian Speroni pulled off a fine save to deny Arfield however, whose effort was just central and high enough to hand Palace's stopper the edge.

Burnley manager Dyche said Arfield will suffer no ill effects of the miss that cost his side two points in south London.

"That's just the way it is," said Dyche.

"If you're brave enough to take it, you have to be brave enough to take the outcome.

"He's terrific: a terrific person and a terrific player. I haven't even mentioned it to him.

"It would be sad if it was the end of the world if a person missed a penalty, it would be a weird place to live.

"He's a terrific lad, the lads admire him for his work ethic and his quality - and so do our fans.

"It's just one of those things."

Palace manager Neil Warnock hailed Speroni for saving his side's blushes, after Scott Dann hit the bar and Dwight Gayle spurned two fine opportunities.

"He does them every week, that's why he's been here so long," said Warnock.

"I think they broke the mould when he came, he's a one off.

"I don't think I've ever heard him shout; he's a gem of a person as well.

"He trains like that every day.

"He didn't have a lot to do today and then he pulls off something like that."

Warnock said he expects Jedinak and midfielder Joe Ledley, who picked up a knock in the warm-up but still sat on the bench, to recover quickly from niggles.

Wilfried Zaha played despite turning his ankle in training on Thursday, and Warnock expects him to continue his recovery to boot.

"If we'd have got a goal in the first half it would have opened up," he said.

"Wilfried came off injured in training on Thursday after he went over on his ankle.

"All credit to him because I never thought he would make it.

"You could see that Jedinak wasn't himself in the second half, but that's the typical Australian in him.

"He knew Ledley was struggling so he stayed on, but he'll be all right for next week."

Burnley boss Dyche admitted the club will face a nervy 48-hour wait for news on striker Danny Ings' hamstring problem.

"He just snapped his leg down, and his hamstring was tight," said Dyche.

"Because it was a sore one we got him off straight away and hopefully that will help his recovery.

"But it will be 48 hours before we'll know."

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