Irvine delighted by emphatic victory

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West Brom boss Alan Irvine felt his side deserved great credit for emphatically ending Burnley’s run of three-successive clean sheets.

The Clarets went into Sunday’s game with the second-best defensive record in the Premier League, having been promoted with the most miserly defence in the Championship.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche (left) and West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche (left) and West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

But West Brom doubled the number of goals Burnley had conceded in their previous five Premier League outings with a brace from Saido Berahino, and further strikes from Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans.

Irvine said: “I thought it was a tough game, we just had to play really well in order to open Burnley up.

“Burnley have had a really good start to the Premier League in terms of the defensive side of things in particular. Nobody has been able to carve them open like we did.

“I watched their last three games, which were all 0-0, and they were very good defensively.

“But our players moved the ball really quickly, really sharply - they passed it well and our movement was good.

“When we got players in between them, we got turned, which was really important.

“The only thing that surprised me about Burnley was that they changed their shape, but I wasn’t sure whether Marney and Jones would be fit or not.

“When I saw they weren’t, I wasn’t surprised they changed shape.

“That was something which gave us something a little bit extra to think about.”

Irvine believes Berahino, an England Under 21 strike partner of Burnley’s Danny Ings, is worth a look in the full set up, having impressed in front of Ray Lewington and Gary Neville on Sunday: “That will certainly make Roy (Hodgson) think about him.

“If he keeps on playing like that and keeps on scoring goals he will get all those rewards.

“I don’t think Roy will be looking and saying ‘He’s too young’, or anything like that.

“He will put him in, as he has shown already, if he feels he’s the best player for the position.

“Right now Saido has just got to keep on working in the way that he does.

“He works on his game every day, he stays to do finishing and movement after training has finished every day.”