Date: 28th December 2016 at 12:56pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has heaped praise on striker Andre Gray given his match winning strike on Boxing Day against Middlesbrough.

Following his lengthy lay off with suspension, Gray has been building himself back up to his best sharpness wise and it all came together for him in the tight game at Turf Moor against Aitor Karanka’s side when he hit the back of the net in the 80th minute to register his second goal of the 2016/17 campaign and his first since August 20.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a thrilled Dyche had been pleased with a big three points on the day and the continuation of our better home record this year.

‘It`s a sublime finish. People might ask whether the keeper could have done better, but Andre has taken it so early and with great power and it ends up in that spot low down where the keeper doesn`t like it and squirms in. All credit to Andre because he didn`t get too much today, but he sticks in there and when one came along he took it.’

The game did take our tally to 20 points at the almost half way point of the current season and with away form still a bugbear, it was the sixth home win of the campaign as well.

‘The main thing is you have to continue to get points on the board. I`ve spoken on many, many occasions about finding a way to win because that`s a really important part of what you do, for my staff and the players. We have done that many times and we`ve done it again today, so I am really pleased. It was a hard-fought three points. It was tough for both sides in terms of the conditions, and against a side that have done well on the road this year.’

Dyche went on to say of the performance and the home form shown so far this campaign in particular.

‘They defend in big numbers and are difficult to break down sometimes, but we showed strong signs of it in the first half, when their keeper made a couple of big saves. The second half was more of a ding-dong affair, but we went and got ourselves a really good goal from our point of view. There are still big challenges ahead of us and we know we need to improve the away form. But overall, at home, we`ve given our fans a lot to cheer about in the last calendar year, for many different reasons. From when I came here four years ago, it doesn`t half have a nice ring to it that we have strong home form in the Premier League. I think most fans would take that.’

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