Date: 16th April 2018 at 9:08am
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Manager Sean Dyche was again a happy man this weekend as Burnley took victory over Leicester City to strengthen our push for a Europa League adventure next season.

Hosting Claude Puel’s fellow European hopefuls at Turf Moor last weekend for our latest tie, a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Chris Wood and Kevin Long inside of the opening ten minutes of the first half returned all three points and we now sit only two points behind Arsenal who occupy sixth place in the table.

With Burnley well positioned for a first European adventure since 1966/67 the game also saw us register five straight wins for the first time since 1968 and speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Dyche was obviously quick to temper expectations as he knew we simply had to focus on each game coming up individually before we get carried away but there was certainly praise for the mentality of the group.

“It’s very difficult in this league to win games back to back, let alone five, and the group deserve it. If you imagine the mentality to come out of a run of 11 games in this league without a win and then put five wins together, that takes a tough mindset. There is a mentality that, if things go against us, it’s never because of effort or organisation. That gritty determination is a marvellous thing and all wins are important for many different reasons, but especially that one today.”

His praise didn’t end there, not only was he delighted with the attacking intent on show as we started the game far brighter than Leicester, he also knew we had to show some backbone given their second-half display. Again for Dyche mixing our game up like that and showing both sides was a testament to the mentality of the group and their willingness to dig in when needed.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope came in for particular praise for his work in the second period.

“You have to grind out a result, and we did, with an outstanding display from ‘Popey’. He’s made some big saves over this season, and in general, has been well protected by the team. Now and again you need to come to the fore and he’s done that today.”

European talk was an obvious topic of conversation.

“I think every person who has ever supported Burnley, even for one second of their life, would have taken me answering questions about Europe! There have been some tough times in these parts, both at the cub and in the area generally, and it’s bringing a smile to a lot of faces. It’s a very important thing. In this area, the people back the club and the club backs the town. There’s a really big connection and days like these must be good for everyone.”

STATS: BURNLEY V LEICESTER

Dyche’s assessment of the situation on a European front was spot on when it came to the fans.

Whatever happens, it’s been a season to remember and I’m sure it’ll live long in the memories of many.