Thursday 16 August 2018

Euro push no joke for Dyche

Watford 1 Burnley 2

Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: PA
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Photo: PA

Jonathan Veal

Burnley manager Sean Dyche reckons his side's European ambitions are "no joke" following this win at Watford. The Clarets have a real shot at qualifying for the Europa League after this fourth successive Premier League victory cut the gap on sixth-placed Arsenal to two points ahead of the Gunners' clash with Southampton today.

Those hopes looked like faltering at Vicarage Road after Roberto Pereyra put the Hornets in front on the hour mark, but quickfire replies from Sam Vokes - seconds after coming off the bench - and Jack Cork saw Dyche's men register a seventh away success of a memorable campaign.

Burnley's fans are certainly dreaming of Europe, chanting 'We're all going on a European tour', but Dyche is happy to let other people talk about it.

"They have been chanting that for ages, it started as a joke and now it might not be such a joke," he said. "I think we have another game next weekend, I have been talking about the next game ever since I have been at the club.

"We haven't done anything until the end of the season. We are having a good season. The first marker is, 'Can we better than last season?'. We have achieved that a few weeks ago."

Hornets boss Javi Gracia, who suffered a first home defeat, was left to rue the three minutes of madness - and an inability to defend set-pieces - that cost his side any points.

"We dominated the game, we had more shots, more shots on target but it wasn't enough," he said. "We should have killed the game and after three minutes we have conceded two goals from two free-kicks again."

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