The energy and will in the team is outstanding
Burnley came out winners in today’s big promotion clash against Hull City at Turf Moor when Sam Vokes capitalised after Allan McGregor parried a Joey Barton shot.
It was McGregor’s involvement that Hull boss Steve Bruce questioned after the game. “We made a mistake and it has cost us,” he said. “We should have got something from the game in terms of our performance and it was a difficult afternoon for both teams in horrible conditions.
“We didn’t deserve to get beaten, but at the same time I’m not sure we did enough to win the game either. It just wasn’t our day.”
On the goal, he said: “Allan will be disappointed that he’s spilled it, but the conditions were horrible for goalkeepers. It’s disappointing because if any team was going to go on and win the game it looked like us. We have to move on.
“There was loads of heart and endeavour out there, and that from two top class teams. It was never going to be a classic in weather like that. We carved out some great chances, but maybe we just missed that killer instinct in front of goal that you need.
“We’ve lost, but you just have to accept the result and move on and we will do. We’ve played well in really difficult conditions. it’s been an opportunity missed for us to create a bit of daylight at the top, but I couldn’t fault the players.”
Sean Dyche, who received a superb reception from the home fans having signed a new contract with the club yesterday, said: “I was very pleased for many reasons today. It’s a big result, but also a very big performance.
“A lot was made of the game in the build up and who would come out on top, but at the end of the season the league table doesn’t bother who you beat. It’s how many points you can get, but of course it’s fair to say there are games that are important to win and we’ve had a run of them now.
“We beat Derby here and drew at Sheffield Wednesday, which was a very good point, then won here today. I did mention, a while back, when we were having a bit of an up and down period, that we had played four out of the top six at their place and they all had to come back to Turf Moor. We think we’re pretty handy here and we’ve shown that again.
“The energy and will in the team is outstanding and when you are winning games against those in and around you, it does have that extra edge to it, but as I say, you still have to get the points on the board however they come, and that is the bigger picture.”
He added: “It was a tight affair. We were strong first half and I thought we controlled the game in the right manner and could have nicked something from the chances we created, but credit to them, they are a good side, and in the first twenty minutes of the second half they were good and had a golden chance, which they didn’t take.
“We stayed in it, which we do, then we scored a very good goal and ended the game strong. Earlier, we defended resolutely and got men behind the ball. There was plenty of will and endeavour to block and tackle and do all the ugly things in the game, and then we saw the game out well.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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