Dyche feels Deepdale display deserved more goals

Sean Dyche

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Sean Dyche believed Burnley deserved to beat rivals Preston by a much bigger margin at Deepdale following a near perfect performance.

Joey Barton scored the only goal of the game to help the Clarets regain top spot in the Championship with Middlesbrough and Brighton yet to play.

But it could've been far more convincing on a night where the visitors continuously found holes in the Lilywhites' 3-5-2 formation, prompting Simon Grayson to revert to 4-4-2 after half-an-hour of the fixture had elapsed.

George Boyd, Ben Mee, Dean Marney, Scott Arfield and Andre Gray all had opportunities to extend Burnley's advantage in the opening 45 minutes while the Sky Bet Player of the Year and Boyd both struck the woodwork in the second half.

"I thought everybody played their part in a very thorough performance," he said. "That's how I want the team to play, that's almost an advert for it. I want us to defend properly, I want us to attack, I want us to mix our play, I want us to play longer, I want us to play through the thirds and we showed a good mixed performance tonight. I think the only thing missing was that the scoreline wasn't more.

"I thought in the first half we had three or four great chances. Credit to them by the way because they've thrown themselves at every chance. There was as double chance in the first half which they've got a block on, forced it out to Andre and get another one in. I'm right behind the first one and Scotty's is going right in the corner.

"Andre's is going in the corner and they block that as well. In the second half we've hit the post and the bar, Joey's got in behind them and gone for a finish when I thought he might square it, Vokesy had a header, Ben Mee had a header. That's six off the top of the bat and I haven't really seen it back yet."

Dyche added: "It was very good, particularly the first half-an-hour. I thought the overall performance was but particularly the first half-an-hour. We opened their shape up a number of times, they had to change their shape to try and get a foothold in the game and the only question mark for us tonight was purely taking more of our chances. It then becomes a more comfortable night for everyone."