Treacy’s ham­mer saves Clarets

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ian Wadley To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BOSS Sean Dy­che hailed the “amaz­ing men­tal­ity” of his Burn­ley bat­tlers af­ter ad­mit­ting the Clarets had fallen short of their high stan­dards be­fore fight­ing back to claim a scrappy draw at Dean Court.

The pro­mo­tion-chas­ing out­fit were forced to re­spond from a goal down to se­cure a po­ten­tially-price­less point in the race for a place in the top two of the Cham­pi­onship.

Sub­sti­tutes Ross Wal­lace and Keith Treacy com­bined on 67 min­utes as the lat­ter struck an equaliser to ex­tend the Clarets’ un­beaten league run to nine matches.

Bournemouth, man­aged by for­mer Burn­ley boss Ed­die Howe, had looked set to de­servedly defy the form­book when Ian Harte’s cor­ner was headed home by Tokelo Rantie.

And Dy­che con­fessed that he was happy to es­cape the windy south coast with a share of the spoils af­ter Bournemouth’s Si­mon Fran­cis had rat­tled the cross­bar late on.

Dy­che said:“It was a point well earned be­cause we were way be­low our best. I must say the pitch had its part to play though. It af­fected the game mas­sively but we have built an amaz­ing men­tal­ity.

“I thought we had five or six play­ers way be­low par, yet we came away with a point. That is a re­ally pleas­ing as­pect about the group.

“We en­cour­age our wide play­ers to get in that back post area and it was a great run from Keith and a great fin­ish.

“They (Bournemouth) played the con­di­tions bet­ter. But it was noth­ing about that, we were just off it, so I will take that point. It is a valu­able one be­cause seven points in a week is an­other good state­ment for what we are try­ing to achieve.”

The first half proved a dour af­fair with vir­tu­ally no clearcut op­por­tu­ni­ties in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions. With Burn­ley adopt­ing a di­rect ap­proach and Bournemouth’s de­fence dom­i­nant, the vis­i­tors looked far from pro­mo­tion con­tenders as they failed to reg­is­ter a shot in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

But the game quickly sparked to life af­ter the break when the hosts took a de­served lead. Harte de­liv­ered a pin­point cor­ner and the diminu­tive Rantie sent an ex­cel­lent header be­yond Heaton.

Burn­ley boss Dy­che acted swiftly by re­plac­ing in­ef­fec­tive wingers Scott Ar­field and Michael Kightly with Treacy and Wal­lace. The move paid div­i­dends when Wal­lace cut in from the right and his de­flected cross found Treacy at the far post to ham­mer into the roof of the net.

But the high-fly­ers were grate­ful to see Heaton deny Lewis Grab­ban be­fore Fran­cis rat­tled the cross­bar.

Bournemouth man­ager Howe, who spent 21 months at Turf Moor, said:“I have the same feel­ing as I did af­ter we played Bolton, a feel­ing that we should have won the game. I think that is part of our next progress, to win these games.You need that ruth­less qual­ity to see out games.”

“We got the first goal and, usu­ally this sea­son, that has been enough to win games, but it wasn’t the case here.”

Dis­cussing goalscorer Rantie, Howe added: “He is a player who we re­ally be­lieve in and we think he is go­ing to be a re­ally good player for us for the fu­ture. He is im­prov­ing all the time.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

BACK OF THE NET: Tokelo Rantie heads Bournemouth into the lead

Keith Treacy cel­e­brates

STAR MAN TOMM Y ELPHIC K Bourne mouth

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