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It was very definitely Burnley’s day as the 2016 football calendar came to an end and our 4-1 win over Sunderland left visiting manager David Moyes pulling no punches over his team’s performance.

“It was a really poor performance,” he said. “It’s as bad as we’ve had since I’ve been here. I’ve got no excuses for it. It was way below the levels we should be performing at. The goals we conceded were terrible and we didn’t make the most of any of the chances we created.

“The boys kept going when it was tough at the end and the game had gone from us. It was too late by then because in that fifteen minute period after half time we were poor and it’s cost us.

“We have to get ready for Liverpool now, no time to dwell. We have to dust ourselves down and go again.”

There will be good new year celebrations in the Dyche household after this showing and Sean said after the game: “Everyone wants to dream and achieve things and I want to fulfil and achieve things here.

“Everyone gets hungry for more and we’re no different. We have a group that wants to take on the challenge and deliver. We have done that so far, over the season, so overall I am really happy with what the team is doing and I’m really pleased for everyone connected with Burnley.

“It’s a tough job to get into the Premier League and a tougher one to get the points on the board in this league. We were written off and I understand why because we work under certain guidelines that make it more challenging, but that doesn’t stop us having a group that is ready to perform.

“I take great pride in this squad, not just the starting 11 but the whole group. Some have to miss out and people like Sam Vokes haven’t done a lot wrong to not be playing, but I just have to pick 11 that can hopefully win a game.”

He added: “Today was a good performance and certainly one worthy of winning the game. We looked a threat, not just for the goals, and people forget they had won four of their last eight, so we had to be right with our levels today and we were. In the end it looks comfortable, but we had to earn that right and it’s ended a really good week. Actually, it’s been a good calendar year – and beyond that.

“You can quickly forget what’s been achieved here over four years, but equally I don’t over-think that and I know my mind will already be off this one and on to Manchester City.”

Of course there was a word for Andre Gray who scored his second Burnley hat trick and his first in the Premier League. Dyche said: “Andre was excellent today. He is learning and he’s improving and he was doing that even when he wasn’t in the side.

“I spoke to him about the challenges of being in the Premier League and he’s adapting to it. He gets all the plaudits today, but I must say I thought Ashley was excellent alongside him. He is awkward and a handful and his work for Andre’s third, to chest it down and play him in, was fantastic.”

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