Date: 30th October 2016 at 11:43pm
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Burnley may still be searching for a first win at Old Trafford since the 1960’s I’m sure I read, but manager Sean Dyche was delighted with the performance put in against Manchester United at the weekend.

With new United manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands following a half time choice of words to the officials, Ander Herrera also saw red in the second period for two yellow card offences – but whatever the hosts threw at us, Burnley were strong and resilient in defence, and when they did get through Tom Heaton potentially had the game of his career.

A very hard earnt point goes on the table for us in the scoreless draw, and speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, well Dyche was just delighted with the character on show from the team.

‘I had no idea Jose had been sent off at half time. I only found out at the end of the game, but he came in and congratulated us, so fair play and I think his questions are not with us, but the referee today.’

Dyche had sympathy for Mourinho when it came to the sending off of Herrera, as the player did slip for his second booking, so he agreed it was a little harsh.

But sometimes you need that kind of luck.

‘The sending off was unlucky because I was here in the week and people were slipping on that surface. I couldn`t work out whether it was a slip or a late challenge, but the others didn`t look like penalties to me, but it was a fantastic point. There were many good things in the performance, but there`s still improvements to be made, particularly with the ball. Mind you, it is hard when you come here and a lot of credit goes to them, because they never stopped coming, even with 10 men. They just kept forging and pressing and crossing and mixing up the play and our keeper and back four had to play well.’

Having referenced Heaton above, he went on to say.

‘Tom was excellent and he knows he is going to have to be on top form. But he is a very good goalkeeper and he continues to mature and work at his game and the biggest thing for me is he has that inner belief that goalkeepers need, that the ball is not going to go in the net. But I`m just really proud of the shape, the basics and doing all the ugly little things that count. Whatever the result today, there was more belief and that was a big thing and a building block. It isn`t as easy as saying we can kick on because it`s the Premier League and we know it`s a tough task, home and away. But psychologically you come off the back of a real fight last week and a late goal, then to come here and fashion out a point was really important. The players get their shoulders back a little bit more now.’

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