Cape Town - Sean Dyche has indicated that Burnley will not
allow goalkeeper Joe Hart to leave during the January transfer window amid
reported interest from Aston Villa.
There has been speculation that Villa could move for Hart
following the season-ending injury suffered by Tom Heaton in their victory at
Turf Moor on Wednesday. Heaton left Burnley for Villa in the summer but Dyche
said it was "highly unlikely" that any of his senior players will be departing
Hart is a clear number two to Nick Pope and made just his
second appearance since December 2018 in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over
Peterborough in the third round of the FA Cup.
Dyche praised Hart’s performance and, asked if the
32-year-old is frustrated, said: "He seems all right to me. He performed like
he wasn't frustrated today, he performed with a clear-mindedness. A very good
pro, he's good around the group."
Dyche made eight changes, giving fringe players a chance and
freshening up his line-up after three Premier League defeats in a row.
He was rewarded with a flying start, with Burnley going 3-0
up inside 25 minutes through Jay Rodriguez, Erik Pieters and Jeff Hendrick.
Ivan Toney exploited a mistake from Matt Lowton to score his 17th goal of the
season before half-time but Rodriguez’s second effectively killed the contest,
although young substitute Ricky-Jade Jones did grab a second for Posh.
"It was a good performance, very professional performance,”
added Dyche. “We spoke in the week about the mentality going into this game and
I thought it was on show and some very good performances in a tricky tie.
"And it was a very confident performance, which I was
pleased about because obviously, we've had a couple of tough results lately.
There's a difference in level, we know that, but what it does is it makes sure
players are sharp."
The negative was another hamstring injury for Johann Berg
Gudmundsson, who was forced off at half-time. The Icelander was making his
first start since suffering a bad hamstring strain in October.