That’s up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here
Having opened the season with a 3-2 win at Chelsea, there was never any doubt who was going to be the happier of the two managers, more so as home boss Antonio Conte, who had ditched his suave Italian designer suit for a cheap looking tracksuit, saw his side have two players sent off during the game.
Former Burnley loanee Gary Cahill was first to go with the score at 0-0 and Conte said: “For sure it was a key moment because after Gary’s red card we lost our composure and conceded three goals.
“We need to improve a lot in that aspect. It can happen, this type of situation, but we must pay attention and think there is the rest of the game to try to do our best. Instead we conceded three goals and in the second half it was very difficult to change the result despite the great will and desire of my players, which I was very proud of. Today I saw two faces, one positive, in the second half, one negative, in the first half.”
It’s rare that the respectful Sean Dyche shows too much emotion at the end of a game. I recall Ewood in 2013/14 as we ended that long wait for a win, and there was the strong jaw display at Birmingham as we neared promotion.
At the final whistle yesterday, the Burnley manager was clearly delighted with the win and showed it as he marched from the technical area towards the Burnley supporters in the Shed at the final whistle.
“It was a fine day overall, for many different reason,” he said after this astonishing victory. “I thought we were strong early in the game, while it was 11 v 11. The sending off made a difference and I thought we did really, really well to handle that and keep the ball and create chances.
“We scored three good goals and I think when you are talking about who you are playing against and where you are playing, that’s up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here. It’s rare in any game in the Premier League to be three goals up at half time, but particularly so when you are down at Chelsea.
“The shape and organisation was great. The second half became a different game but they had to do something. The awkward thing was whether to stick or goal and try to get a fourth, but you are reliant on the shape of your team either way and I thought we did enough overall to make sure we got the win.”
Chelsea came back with two goals, one close to the end, and Dyche said: “They are two soft goals we gave away, but they are fine players, so to see that through and come away with a very good win is pleasing. It’s still not easy 3-0 up here against ten men. They are champions for a reason. They keep coming at you. They are bringing on Morata from the bench.
“So, to see the players see through all of that and just stay calm enough and hang on and finish the game in the right manner was very, very pleasing.
“A lot was made of our away form last season, and don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t correct it, but it’s a great start. It kills all the stories off immediately by getting a first away win and giving the fans a great afternoon out.
“I also think it’s important to mention the officials. I attempt to stay away from referees the best I can. We do question them at times so it’s important to remind ourselves when they do well and I think he and his linesmen did a very good job today.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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