We had to bolt together a team and come somewhere like this
Burnley boss Sean Dyche was a happy man after seeing his injury ravaged side earn themselves a 0-0 draw in the away leg of our Europa League qualifier against Turkish side İstanbul Başakşehir.
We went into the game without our two first choice goalkeepers, without both Steven Defour and Robbie Brady as they continue their respective roads to full fitness, and Chris Wood who has suffered an infection from a bite. With Aaron Lennon also reduced to the bench, it was always going to be a tough night for the Clarets.
“When you look at some of the tactical performances, the two centre halves were very strong again. Joe (Hart) came in, don’t forget he’s been thrown into the deep end out of the blue, Jon Walters worked ever so hard on the right, which isn’t natural for him to do all the time, and when you look at the respect of the players for themselves and the team, to put on a performance like that.
“You know, it’s tough coming to a place like this, it’s new to these lads, and we’ve come with 17 players, that’s our lot. So I’m really pleased, certainly with the shape and attitude, on a heavy, leg-sapping, old-fashioned pitch.”
The home side dominated possession but Dyche said: “It’s normal for us away in the Premier League, we often don’t dominate the ball, especially away. Most clubs don’t statistically dominate the ball away from home in the Premier League, so the basics, the shape, the energy, the will, is very important.
“We are missing some players as well, which adds into that. But as the World Cup showed, we’ve had 10 years of everyone saying possession wins, it doesn’t, as the World Cup showed. It’s less relevant now.”
That was one team, and he had a word for the other team too, the Burnley fans who had travelled to see the game. “To bring so many was brilliant,” he said. “Long journey, their voice, the way they got behind the lads, absolutely brilliant.”
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