Vydra savours goal as Burnley sweep to win
MATEJ VYDRA relished a goal a long time in the making after netting for Burnley against Bournemouth.
The Czech striker was handed a full debut by manager Sean Dyche for the game at Turf Moor and responded with a sharp finish to score the opener in a muchneeded victory for the Clarets.
It was a second goal following his summer move from Derby for the 26-year-old, who also scored in the Europa League, but a first in the Premier League since a season-long loan at West Brom in 2013-14.
Vydra scored three times for the Baggies before moving on to Watford, Reading and then Derby.
He said: “It’s a little bit of a long time ago, but still the same feeling and maybe a little bit more because I was fighting to get into the Premier League for so many years. I enjoyed that moment. I think both goals brought more confidence to the team. The crowd was brilliant and I think everyone was happy after those two minutes.”
Vydra’s opener was quickly followed by a second for Aaron Lennon, and substitute Ashley Barnes scored twice late on as Burnley picked up their first league win to climb off the bottom of the table.
“It was good for everybody,” said Vydra. “For the strikers, we scored four goals, and good for the defenders and goalkeeper because they kept a clean sheet. I think now we can breathe a little bit better, but still it’s only one win.”
Burnley boss Dyche was frustrated not to do more business in the transfer window, but at least appears to have decent strength in depth up front.
He said: “It’s not rotation, it’s effective partnerships. We’re looking to play when we can, but we’re looking to use different weapons when we can and I think we’ve got four strikers who can all act slightly differently.”