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Burnley’s league season got underway with a 4-2 defeat at Leicester last night and it was a performance from the home side that delighted their boss Brendan Rodgers.

With last week’s win at West Brom, it was enough for them to currently sit at the top of the fledgling table and Rodgers said: “It was a very good attacking performance, still very early in the season. You can see the fitness of the players is not quite up to speed. I thought that, especially going behind, the mentality of the team was good. We kept attacking the game, we looked really exciting going forward and it was a very good victory.

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“Especially against Burnley, it’s such a hard team to play against and to score four goals against. Like I say, they make it very, very difficult for you and you spend the game having to have periods of possession. There are long periods where at times you’re having to pick up the second balls, defend your box, so we did that very, very well tonight.

“We were a real threat going forward, so the creativity really pleased me and I thought it was an exciting performance.”

He added: “I think that we are still getting up to speed from a fitness perspective, but the players, you can see, keep going right to the end. They showed great quality at the right moments, didn’t get too disappointed going behind and kept fighting right to the very end, so it was great.

“It’s a really good start, with the wins, but not only that, finding our goals this early, that’s seven goals in two games so we’re certainly developing in that side.”

Despite the result, Sean Dyche saw some positives in the performance from his team. “I was pleased with a lot of things I saw,” he said. “You obviously don’t want to concede four goals, but we were unlucky for one with a deflection and two have come from inside the defensive shape, and I don’t like that. But I thought we carried a threat. I was really pleased with that and it was a strange game in the sense that I think we had as many open chances as they did and on another day Woody has a hat trick. For a lot of the game we delivered what we thought we could. We stayed organised and had good pockets of play against a side who want to keep the ball as long as they can.

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“I’ve always marvelled at the group because they never go over easy. I said at half time that whatever happens we will see the game through to the last breath, and I thought we did. We were still creating chances right to the end and there is a real positivity to the group. That’s something we’ll have to keep using and it’s a really important weapon over a Premier League season. There were no heads dropping and people were willing to have a go again.”

He gave Irish central defender Jimmy Dunne a Premier League debut and he went on to score our second goal. Dyche said: “It’s fantastic for Jimmy to get a goal in the Premier League. He is a young centre half who has come a long way in recent years and to be out there in the Premier League is brilliant. It’s a tough position to learn the game and it does often come later to centre backs, but he did well tonight. It’s a tough night defensively in terms of goals, but he stuck at it and nicked himself a really good goal too, so we are delighted for him.”

He spoke about the injury situation and the fact that Robbie Brady has now been added to it. He said: “It’s not ideal. We were affected after lockdown and we thought that certainly a few of them would be back ready by now.

“With Robbie, we think it’s bruised ribs and they can be sore. He’s been carrying it since being away with the national side, and unfortunately got a bang on it again tonight, so we made that decision early. It’s a shame for him because he’s had a tough one with injuries, so we’ll see how that settles down, but it’s another challenge. I’ve had many in my time at Burnley and we’ll take this on and operate with the players we have.”

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