Friday 24 November 2017

Burnley's fight delights boss Dyche

Burnley 2 Everton 1

Sam Vokes of Burnley (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Photo: Getty
Sam Vokes of Burnley (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Photo: Getty

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Sean Dyche was pleased to discuss a Burnley he is more familiar with after Scott Arfield's late goal maintained their impressive home form against Everton.

A week after a frustrating display at Southampton, the Clarets moved on to 10 points, all of which have been attained at Turf Moor, courtesy of a success which was earned by Arfield's 90th-minute half-volley following an effort from Johann Berg Gudmundsson that struck the crossbar.

Burnley’s Scott Arfield celebrates his winner. Photo: Reuters
Burnley’s Scott Arfield celebrates his winner. Photo: Reuters

Sam Vokes had earlier given the hosts the lead from a Maarten Stekelenburg blunder but the Toffees had dominant spells and looked to be on course for a draw when Yannick Bolasie levelled. Yet Burnley dug deep to find an unlikely winner and Dyche hailed the battling characteristics that he has been able to identify with throughout his time.

"I like the fact that we got back to what we're about," he said. "Last week [in a 3-1 loss at Southampton], we didn't play how we play, we didn't make the game about us. [Today] it was about us. I was pleased we attempted to make the game about us.

"We're authentic in what we are, we are not trying to kid anyone, brand ourselves or tell the world we're going to play like Barcelona. We're telling the world we're going to give everything to continue to be in the Premier League."

Defeat for Everton, just their second of the campaign, was harsh when they asked plenty of questions of Tom Heaton, who made five great stops in all.

Yannick Bolasie of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Photo: Getty
Yannick Bolasie of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Photo: Getty

"Football is not always what you deserve; football is sometimes really unfair," said Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.

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