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It was a point each today in a 1-1 draw between Burnley and Everton and while both managers were looking for a win to kick off the final month of the year, both saw positives in their own performances.

Carlo Ancelotti, on his first visit to Turf Moor in almost eleven years as a manager said: “It is a draw that helps us move a little bit up the table. Of course we wanted the win, we had opportunities, like the one at the end, to have three points, but we have to accept the result and the performance.”

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He added: “It is true we needed to adapt with Godfrey at left-back and Iwobi at right-back and, honestly, they did really well. Jordan (Pickford) is back. He played very well. He has a lot of quality and for him it is important to stay mentally in good condition and fit and motivated.

“It was a difficult game for Dominic (Calvert-Lewin) but at the right time he was ready. Now he is used to doing this. The performance was difficult for him but good. Also, Richarlison had a really good performance. Up front we played quite well.

“Of course, we wanted to win but the point is quite acceptable.”

Sean Dyche saw his team add a point to the three won against Crystal Palace in the last home game and said afterwards: ““I thought we delivered a really good performance in general, and especially in the first half, when we showed good energy against a good outfit.

“I think we have given as good as we’ve got, if not more, but barring the Manchester City game, when they took us to bits, we’ve been excellent lately. City can do that to most teams, but in the last four or five games we have been showing more signs.

“We did more things right today and overall, there are a lot of good things about what we are trying to do here. It’s no surprise that it’s happening when the squad is getting fitter and the injuries are getting less, so there’s more strength in depth.

“The competitive spirit is good and there is a belief in each other to go and perform. Coming off that result at City, it was a challenge, but it was a good reaction today and we showed a really solid performance.”

The last time Robbie Brady scored a Premier League goal of any consequence was at Bournemouth just a few days more than three years ago, but he opened the scoring for the Clarets in just the third minute and Dyche said: “We started the game nice and brightly, took it on and scored a good early goal from Robbie, who I am delighted for. He’s had a tough time lately, along with Jόhann, who we had to make a decision on today to protect him.

“They’ve both had a tough time with injuries, but Robbie gave a really balanced performance today. His whole feel, his work ethic, his shape and the fact he kept trying to find the moments and came up with a good goal. In the end, he was just cramping up, as he works his way back to full fitness, and we can’t have him breaking down again.”

Dyche added: “In the end, I thought it was a game of two goalkeepers. Don’t get me wrong, I thought both teams were having a good go to win the game, and there were moments of quality, but it comes down to two goalkeepers in fine form. The best keepers always find saves when they are needed.

“Popey made two great saves with his legs and Pickford also makes two when he was needed, so those two have certainly done themselves no harm at all.”

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