We will beat Rovers next time says Clarets boss
SEAN Dyche has reassured Burnley fans that their derby disappointment won’t last.
The Clarets were held in the 100th competitive East Lancashire fixture after Junior Stanislas’ first league goal of the season was cancelled out when Jordan Rhodes got lucky.
Burnley looked on course to beat Blackburn Rovers for the first time in 11 meetings spanning 34 years when substitute Stanislas struck in the 76th minute.
But Rhodes capitalised on a defensive error and fortuitous rebound to ensure the derby ended in a 1-1 draw for the third time in a row.
Reflecting on how close the Clarets came to a memorable win over rivals Blackburn Rovers, the Burnley boss insisted: “It will come!
“March 9 is the next one isn’t it?”
The re-match may be some time away, but Dyche feels his side have already come a long way since last seasons’s derby stalemates, and feels there is more to come.
“I thought we were very good in the first half, I thought we played a real nice mix with a real nice solid shape, some really good football, some really fluid play and created chances,” Dyche continued.
“You go in knowing that at half-time, I don’t think it radically changed as regards them creating chances, but they changed their style and went a bit more direct, changed it into a derby feel – a bit more scrappy, a bit more knockdown sort of football.
“But I was pleased with the players for that period because it’s important you don’t let that affect the outcome of the game, which we didn’t.
“We think we’ve got quality, we think we’ve got people who can score a goal, Junior came on and delivered that, that’s for sure, with a fantastic goal.
“It was a goal certainly worthy of winning but sometimes things go against you and a very lucky break for them gets them out of jail at the end.”
He added: “I think there’s a disappointment because they know they’ve done enough again.
“I think in all three games we’ve had with Blackburn since I’ve been manager we’ve done enough in every game to win it. One was taken away from us by a decision, another one by a bit of luck today (Saturday) and it’s fair to say the first one by their goalkeeper who was fantastic in the first half when Charlie Austin on another day gets a hat-trick.
“But, overall – not so much the feeling of the day because I know what it means to the fans – but I think Burnley fans and people will be pleased with what’s going on at the moment and that’s important to remember.”
Burnley played the last three minutes of stoppage time against 10 men after Blackburn substitute Lee Williamson was sent off a minute after his introduction for bringing down Danny Ings on a promising break.
Dyche was left to wonder what might have been.
“If you’re a fan you don’t ideally want to see that because our lad’s going through to score a goal, or you suppose he’s going to score a goal. But it is the professional side of the game,” said the Burnley boss.
“Players have to make decisions, and that late in the game I would suggest it’s a good decision from their part because there’s such a short time.
“Obviously if he did that in the 30th minute on the other hand as a manager you’re going ‘what are you doing, you’ve got 60 minutes to stay in the game and have a chance to change it’.
“From their point of view I’m sure they’d look at it as a good decision to bring Ingsy down.”
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