Dy­che cel­e­brates five-year ten­ure as Vokes seals vic­tory for Burn­ley

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Football - By Ben Fin­don at St Mary’s

Sean Dy­che cel­e­brated five years at Turf Moor last week but the ques­tion over whether he will be there even one more week was mo­men­tar­ily, at least, set aside as yet an­other re­source­ful away per­for­mance was re­warded with vic­tory.

Whether Ever­ton make their move is one thing. An­other, and one that the claret and blue faith­ful cling to, is whether Dy­che could be per­suaded to re­sist the Good­i­son siren call.

Dy­che’s play­ers are cer­tainly do­ing all they can to con­vince their man­ager. There were no signs of dis­trac­tions as an­other or­gan­ised dis­play ended amid tri­umphant scenes in front of the noisy trav­el­ling sup­port.

Dy­che has turned last sea­son’s strug­glers into this cam­paign’s most trans­formed out­fit. Burn­ley used to be soft touches on their trav­els. Now road trips bring out their great­est strengths, this lat­est suc­cess crowned by sub­sti­tute Sam Vokes’s adroit header with eight min­utes left. Burn­ley have tasted de­feat on their trav­els just once and were not out­classed in that re­verse at a ram­pant Manch­ester City.

Again, virtues such as cool­ness un­der pres­sure, re­silience and an abil­ity to make the most of lim­ited scor­ing chances were all to the fore at St Mary’s.

Vic­tory lifted Burn­ley level with Chelsea and Arse­nal. Giddy heights, but Dy­che is keep­ing his feet on the ground. “We are not run­ning away with our­selves,” he said. “We know the re­al­ity of the sea­son.” And the re­al­ity of the Ever­ton sit­u­a­tion? “The sto­ries come round, it’s out of my hands. I’m just get­ting on with

busi­ness,” Dy­che said. Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino, the Southamp­ton man­ager, in­sists his side are mak­ing quiet progress, al­though the south­coast crowd are again hav­ing to ex­er­cise pa­tience. They re­sponded to this set­back with jeers, and the prob­lem is glar­ingly ob­vi­ous: a lack of goals, a pal­try nine in 11 league matches.

Burn­ley were largely un­trou­bled in a drab first half but Southamp­ton shifted up a gear af­ter the in­ter­val with Manolo Gab­bia­dini’s glanced header go­ing wide, Ryan Ber­trand hav­ing an ef­fort de­flected for a cor­ner and a shot on the turn from Maya Yoshida palmed away by Nick Pope.

Dy­che re­sponded by in­tro­duc­ing Vokes and Ashley Barnes in the 65th minute and sud­denly the match turned Burn­ley’s way.

The vis­i­tors were in rap­tures af­ter 81 min­utes as Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son whipped over a cross and Vokes steered a header be­yond Fraser Forster’s left hand. Pel­le­grino said: “It was a painful day. We played much bet­ter than Burn­ley ex­cept in con­vert­ing chances.”

Southamp­ton (4-2-3-1) Forster 5; Soares 5, Yoshida 5, Van Dijk 5, Ber­trand 6; Romeu 5, Davis 6; Tadic 5 (Long 76), Bo­ufal 5 (Ward-Prowse 90), Red­mond 6; Gab­bia­dini 5 (Austin 65). Subs McCarthy (g), Hoedt, Ho­jb­jerg, McQueen. Burn­ley (4-4-1-1) Pope 8; Low­ton 7, Tarkowski 7, Mee 7, Ward 7; Gud­munds­son 7, De­four 7, Cork 7, Brady 7; Hen­drick 6 (Barnes 65); Wood 6 (Vokes 65). Subs Lin­de­gaard (g), West­wood, Bard­s­ley, Long, Ar­field. Ref­eree L Probert (Wilts).

Vic­tory salute: Sam Vokes cel­e­brates his late win­ning goal

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