The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Richard Latham

SEAN Dy­che says he will use the in­ter­na­tional break to bed in new sign­ings Joey Bar­ton and An­dre Gray as Burn­ley’s sea­son gath­ers mo­men­tum.

The Turf Moor boss was de­lighted with a hard-earned win over one of his for­mer clubs, which saw Gray, who turned down a move to City, play a 70-minute role in their down­fall.

First-half head­ers from de­fend­ers Ben Mee and Michael Keane left the Cham­pi­onship new­com­ers with­out a win in their first three home fix­tures.

But Steve Cot­ter­ill’s team were ir­re­sistible for half an hour and Dy­che ad­mit­ted his side had needed to con­jure up all their re­cently ac­quired Premier League knowhow to take the points.

Ex­plain­ing the ab­sence of latest re­cruit Bar­ton, the Burn­ley man­ager said: “Joey had some prior com­mit­ments, which I fully sup­ported him over, but will be with us from Mon­day.

“An­dre Gray did well on his de­but, de­spite what I felt was some over-the-top bar­rack­ing from the home fans, and he too will ben­e­fit from hav­ing time on the train­ing ground with us.

“Bristol City were re­ally good in the first half and our goals came some­what against the run of things. They were very im­pres­sive, but we showed the or­gan­i­sa­tion and com­mit­ment to keep them out.

“In the sec­ond half we were much bet­ter, with­out be­ing par­tic­u­larly fluid. We man­aged the game and calmed it down.

“Some­times you need to do that be­cause you can’t be bril­liant ev­ery week. Now we can use the time be­fore the next game, know­ing we al­ready have good points on the board.”

The Robins were un­done by the sort of set-piece goals that in­fu­ri­ate man­agers. On 34 min­utes Mee out­jumped Luke Ayling to pow­er­fully head home a left-wing cor­ner from David Jones.

And when Jones de­liv­ered another cor­ner from the right six min­utes later it was another Burn­ley player, Keane, who lost marker Aden Flint to nod past Ben Hamer from close range.

City kept bat­tling to the end and net­ted a con­so­la­tion when Jonathan Kod­jia forced the ball in from close range in in­jury time as Burn­ley failed to clear a Korey Smith cross.

The hosts paid for a glut of missed chances when on top early on, their for­mer keeper Tom Heaton play­ing his part with some fine saves.

Boss Cot­ter­ill said: “No one is more frus­trated than I am at the mo­ment, but I know we are play­ing the right way and there is no chance of us de­part­ing from it.

“We haven’t got the points we de­served from our open­ing games in which the per­for­mances have been very good.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we keep pay­ing dearly for mis­takes and that was the case again, both with the de­fend- ing at corners and the build-ups that led to them.

“It is un­like us to lose the play­ers we are mark­ing.

“But again we caused a very good team no end of prob­lems go­ing for­ward. They couldn’t han­dle us in the first half.

“We have to keep be­liev­ing in what we are do­ing.”

Dy­che does not rule out a new sign­ing be­fore Tues­day evening’s dead­line, while Cot­ter­ill aims to re­cruit a striker and an on-loan de­fender.

The City boss re­vealed be­fore the game that wing-back Ryan Fred­er­icks, only signed from Tot­ten­ham a few weeks ago, is head­ing back to Lon­don.

Although he would not re­veal the club, it is thought to be Ful­ham.

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