Dy­che in high spir­its af­ter Turf Moor win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MAN­AGER Sean Dy­che seemed as ex­cited about meet­ing Timmy Mal­lett as he did about Burn­ley’s win over West Ham that could be a piv­otal day in their sea­son.

First-half goals from Chris Wood and teenager Dwight McNeil, cou­pled with some res­o­lute de­fend­ing and an out­stand­ing late save from Tom Heaton – picked ahead of Joe Hart to make his first Premier League start in 15 months – gave the Clarets a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win.

Dy­che was al­ready beam­ing from the re­sult when he walked into his post-match press con­fer­ence, but his smile grew wider when he spotted chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Mal­lett sat front and cen­tre – ac­com­pa­ny­ing his son who is vis­it­ing all 92 league grounds.

“Good­ness me, Timmy Mal­lett,” Dy­che ex­claimed. “Leg­end. Very rarely do I get self­ies, but I might.

“It caps off a good day, that.”

If Burn­ley can stay in the Premier League, the pic­ture he got with the for­mer Wa­ca­day pre­sen­ter could be­come a trea­sured mem­ory.

This was a re­turn to the Burn­ley of last sea­son when they played their way into Europe: tight at the back, dan­ger­ous go­ing for­ward.

The re­turn of Heaton added to a feel­good fac­tor that seemed to start even be­fore kick-off, with fans not dwelling on the 5-1 home loss to Ever­ton four days ear­lier that had left Burn­ley with one win in 12.

“It wasn’t easy walk­ing out there, but I’ve got to give the fans credit,” Dy­che said.

“In a sit­u­a­tion like this, af­ter such a big thing last sea­son, they can start ask­ing ques­tions and that can go into the crowd with the noise.

“There might be ques­tions, I’m not stupid about that, but there was a great noise, a pos­i­tive noise.

“That gives the play­ers a start point and the play­ers de­liv­ered on that.”

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