Saturday 21 September 2019

Dyche relief as slump ends

Burnley 1 Brighton 0

Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: Craig Brough/Action Images via Reuters
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: Craig Brough/Action Images via Reuters

Phil Medlicott

Sean Dyche admitted there was a feeling of relief after his side registered their first win in nine Premier League matches. The goal came in the 40th minute when Jack Cork hit a shot and the ball went in off James Tarkowski's chest.

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.

"It's been a tough early period of the season," said Dyche, whose side had lost six of their previous eight games. "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.

"We still know we can play better with the ball, that technically we can find better moments."

Early in the second half Burnley had appeals for a penalty rejected by referee Martin Atkinson after Yves Bissouma had his boot high as he made a clearance and Phil Bardsley went down.

Dyche said: "We still can't get that elusive penalty. I don't know what incident is going to have to occur, but when it does, I hope it's something that really counts for us.

"There are two shouts today. Bruno gets done on the run by Robbie Brady and body-checks him. That was a maybe, but you've seen them given. The one on Bardo - he's got kicked in the head more or less. There's no malice, by the way, I must make that clear. But anywhere on the pitch that is dangerous play. For me that has to be a penalty.

"We've got to start getting a fair share. We haven't had one in 58 (games)."

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