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Burnley Continue To Grow Despite Defeat


Having lost 2-1 to Chelsea last night at Turf Moor, Burnley’s recent winning streak came to an end but Sean Dyche knew we came out of the game with no disappointments as he felt we had put in a very prideful performance against Antonio Conte’s side.

The game leaves Burnley sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table and our European aspirations are only slightly complicated by the result, it’s far from over at this stage of the season with the games that are left to play.

Arsenal now have a game in hand on us, but we are set to face them in early May and that match could now take on a fresh importance.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, the gaffer explained.

“There was a lot of pride in that performance because it’s difficult against these top sides. I’ve spoken this season about us growing and there’s an assured feeling now. Some of their players have played in world cups and been around this division for a while. We know there’s a gap between us and these top sides, but we are shifting it slightly and moving it forwards.”

Dyche went on to praise the mental strength of the players and our response in the second period as we took the game more to Chelsea and he felt that showed just how much the players are now maturing at this level and how their belief in themselves has begun growing.

“It’s not easy to do that and I’m so pleased overall that we are consistently taking these challenges on and that there’s more of an assured look. You can tell the fans see it too. They are not hoping for a lucky moment now; they are looking for it and saying ‘go on then’ and the players are responding.”

With Stoke City up next on Sunday, Dyche also knew we’d be in for a different type of battle with them looking to avoid the drop this season. With the Chelsea performance fresh in his head though and having already referenced the growing mental strength in the side he was confident we could pick up our fourth straight away win – so it’s over to the players once more to prove that.

Then we hope Arsenal slip up.

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