Date: 28th December 2016 at 1:15pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has been reflecting on how the players have taken change on board this season following the most recent Boxing Day victory over Middlesbrough.

An Andre Gray 80th minute winner was enough to take all three points from the Championship rivals last season but speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media a short time ago to reflect more on the weekend’s Turf Moor action, a pleased gaffer said he had to credit the way the players had accepted change so far following promotion but continued – one home soil certainly – to make a big impact in games to help us to 20 points and 14th place so far.

Obviously a more flexible rotation policy this year has been one of those changes.

‘I’ve said over this season, it’s important we reflect on two years ago in the Premier League. We know the format that we enjoyed using in the Championship and everyone knows the story. For the Premier League, it’s how can we change it, how can we adapt it to get more points on the board?’

And Dyche had been pleased with the efforts so far as we make a much better stab at life in the top flight this campaign.

‘We’ve done that so far. Of course, there are still lots of big challenges coming our way. But the players have done that as well. It’s hard for them to accept changes, and maybe coming out the side and going on the bench. But accept it they must. I spoke to them after the game on Monday. The respect within the group is a powerful thing over a season and the fact that okay ‘maybe it’s not my day today, but I’ll be ready’, and I thought all the subs made a difference when they came on against Middlesbrough. That’s all I can ask, for the players to sit there and be ready, get over any disappointment when they’re out the team and get ready to go back in.’

With rotation forming part of his interview, Dyche was also more than aware that at least one change at the weekend would be forced with Jeff Hendrick reaching five yellow cards and serving an automatic one match ban – and he also commented on the substitutes coming in and doing their part against Boro.

‘There’s no guarantee when you make subs they do what you want them to do, so I never over-egg the credit for it. When it works people suggest you made the right decision. But there’s no guarantee. Your instinct, as well as your knowledge of years of playing and being a manager, and your staff are important as well to make a decision, and I thought again they did work.’

Adding.

‘Vokesy’s was a great knock-down for Andre to go and finish, Johann is just getting back fit and showed a few moments and Defour gets a few minutes on the pitch because of Deano going off. As long as people are ready, as long as they are ready to affect a game. That’s the key thing for us and I think over time you will see our substitutes have been ready to affect a game, so all credit to them.’

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