Dy­che dishes out the praise

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Valen­tine

BURN­LEY moved into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places in the Cham­pi­onship and Sean Dy­che was left purring by his side’s abil­ity to win in dif­fer­ent ways.

Goals from Sam Vokes and Scott Ar­field were enough to see the Clarets ease past rel­e­ga­tion-haunted Rother­ham and ex­tend their un­beaten stretch to nine games.

They are tim­ing their run nicely and moved into se­cond po­si­tion af­ter Hull and Mid­dles­brough did not play in the league due to the FA Cup.

Al­though most peo­ple would have had a home win in their coupon, it was far from a clas­sic dis­play from Dy­che’s men, but they still had a num­ber of chances to have won by an even big­ger mar­gin.

But the Burn­ley boss was just re­lieved to get the three points and ad­mit­ted he did not care how it was done.

“It was hard work,” Dy­che said. “Neil Warnock be­ing Neil has got a new group and has got a bit of fer­vour to them.

“They came here I imag­ine with no ex­pec­ta­tion and tried to play on that.

“They broke the game up and it was a dis­jointed game. But as ever I like the fact that we can win games in dif­fer­ent ways.

“We have won it out­rightly with the chances with have made, we have de­served vic­tory.

“Over­all I am re­ally pleased. It was a big win, I have said it many times some­times the hard­est fight to win is the one you are ex­pected to and we have taken care of it well.

“I have spo­ken a lot about the progress the team has made.

“The team is still mould­ing but my main thing is learn­ing dif­fer­ent ways to win a game and that was what hap­pened here. I am very pleased we can find dif­fer­ent ways of win­ning.”

Burn­ley were in the as­cen­dency from the early stages and a long spell of pres­sure was re­warded with the open­ing goal af­ter 27 min­utes as Vokes slot­ted home from the spot af­ter Lloyd Doy­ley had tripped Ge­orge Boyd.

A string of other chances came and went and they al­most paid the price as the Millers – who had been largely in­ef­fec­tive as an at­tack­ing threat – had a golden chance to level with ten min­utes re­main­ing.

But Joe Newell in­ex­pli­ca­bly put his shot wide when he only had Tom Heaton to beat.

Ar­field’s strike with four min­utes left then killed the game off for Burn­ley, and Millers boss Warnock was left ru­ing Newell’s glar­ing miss.

“You are not go­ing to get too many chances in the game like that, ”Warnock said.

“I felt se­cond half we were a lot more pos­i­tive.

“Joe is dis­ap­pointed be­cause he could have just side-footed it in, he rushed it a lit­tle bit.

“It would have been a ner­vous end to the game, but it’s not to be. Their lad An­dre Gray would have just stroked it in re­ally.”

The Millers re­main five points from safety as they sit 22nd in the ta­ble.

And Warnock – hired last week af­ter an­swer­ing an SOS call to keep Rother­ham up fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Neil Red­fearn – re­mains pos­i­tive.

“I am re­ally happy, you can’t be too down, ”Warnock added. “You don’t play Burn­ley ev­ery week.

“We have got some tough games but teams that we will play against will have some tough games.

“We are all re­ally look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge that lies ahead.”

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