Date: 12th September 2016 at 6:16pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has said although there is some frustration following the draw with Hull City at the weekend, he’s not going to get too down about their late stoppage time leveller.

Leading from the 72nd minute as we welcomed Mike Phelan’s side to Turf Moor on Saturday with Steven Defour’s first club goal, Robert Snodgrass tied the scores up five minutes into stoppage time to deny us a second home Premier League win of the season, and speaking to the Official Site Dyche was pretty philosophical about things, knowing Burnley had nicked points and wins plenty of times themselves in exactly that manner before – so sometimes it will go against you.

‘It`s the reality of football. You have to see the game through and I must say the players pretty much did. It`s good honesty from Ben Mee, who has gone to block the expected shot and just lost his footing. Their lad has then put it in with a good bit of talent to be fair, but we`ve done that to many a team before. That`s just the way it goes, but it`s another points on the board in one of the most challenging leagues in the world.’

Dyche went on to say that given the performance, following his words after the Chelsea loss, he has to be content with the start to the year.

‘That`s four on the board already and it took us a lot longer to get that last time – and it could easily have been six after today. There are a lot of good things and I think we are in better shape and stronger and the mix of our football is getting better. We`re not just expecting to roll over everyone, I can assure, you, but we`re expecting to be competitive in every game we play and other than the Chelsea game we`ve done that. There`s more belief in the players, so there are plenty of positives.’

Speaking about the two halves briefly, he explained.

‘In the first half we started a little tentatively, but you have to remember we`ve just had a tough game at Chelsea and that can leave a mark. But I thought after 15 or 20 minutes we came into the game and improved again in the second half and overall I felt we just did enough in a close game.’

Moving on, he had special praise for goalscorer Defour who took the Man of the Match award for his showing, and he also explained that Jeff Hendrick was never going to start this one as he only entered the building 48 hours before the game.

‘We know Steven is a very good player and that`s why we brought him to this club. He has played 46 times for Belgium in what is arguably one of their golden eras, and he has adapted here very well. He’s getting fitter and we`re all seeing that now. In the end he had to come off because his calves were getting tighter because he is still adapting to Premier League football. But I thought his quality was excellent today.’

Adding about our record signing.

‘As for Jeff, he`s only been in the building for 48 hours due to the madness of the transfer window, and you have to get them used to the culture and environment, the tactical side, the game plan and set pieces, and then play them! I decided not to because I think that`s pretty inhumane to do that.’

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