Dyche toasts Gray's vintage Clarets display
Burnley 4 Sunderland 1
Andre Gray scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Burnley blitzed Sunderland and Clarets' boss Sean Dyche expects his 25-year-old striker to get even better in 2017.
The Clarets equalled their joint-biggest Premier League victory with a demolition of the Black Cats, whose woeful defending was typified by Papy Djilobodji's dire afternoon, as Gray scored three times inside an hour.
A seventh home victory of the season was rounded off by Ashley Barnes' penalty as Burnley moved up to 11th, nine points clear of the 18th-placed Black Cats, who claimed a consolation through Jermain Defoe.
The win came five days after Gray's late winner against Middlesbrough and the Clarets forward, who missed four games earlier in the year due to a English Football Association ban for historical homophobic tweets, maintained his excellent form.
Last year's Championship Player of the Year helped the Clarets win promotion and with Gray now seemingly having found his feet at the top level of English football, Dyche believes there is more to come from the former non-league striker.
"He's still a work in progress and he can only add to his confidence level and belief playing at this level," he said.
"I don't think any player just arrives in the Premier League and you just roll out there and learn instantly, some, but not many. It takes time.
"I've said about people like Steven Defour still adapting to what the Premier League offers and Andre's the same - he's had an unbelievable journey in the last four seasons and he'll continue to learn. All of our players are.
"He's got that fearless streak in him if he misses. It's like, 'So what? Give me another chance and I'll try and put it away for you'. He's got a real firm mentality."
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