English Premiership

Dyche happy with 'ugly' win over Stoke

2017-12-13 11:05
Sean Dyche (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Burnley manager Sean Dyche doesn’t care about style after Tuesday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Stoke City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets are remarkably up to fourth place in the standings (for the time being, at least) after Ashley Barnes scored an 89th-minute winner against the Potters.

"If you're going to dream, you have to prepare make the dreams come true and that's what we try and do," Dyche told BBC Sport.

"We attempt to give the players a platform to go and play. Tonight was a different style of getting a result because we've had to be dogged, we've had to dig in.

"It was really hard-fought, ugly game at times in very harsh conditions for both teams. But we found a way to win.

"We've kept them to few chances even though I thought they played very well. They had the better share of the first half and we grew into the second half and scored a real, real fine goal.

"Sometimes that's football. You've got to do all the ugly basics and fine details and I thought we did that well tonight. That's something we'll have to do again.

"We're not the real deal, we're a side that are improving but the margins are tight in all of our performances. We're certainly getting on the right side of them."

Tuesday’s win puts Burnley one point above Liverpool, two above Arsenal, and three above Tottenham; although that can all change on Wednesday night when the Reds face West Brom, the Gunners take on West Ham, and Spurs face Brighton & Hove Albion.

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