‘It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet’ - Dean Marney

MATCH-WINNER: Midfielder Dean Marney
MATCH-WINNER: Midfielder Dean Marney

CLARETS midfielder Dean Marney sees similarities between this Burnley side and the Hull City team he helped win promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

Marney returned to his former club on Saturday, and scored the match-winning goal five minutes from the break.

But the way the squad are coming together under new boss Sean Dyche rings a few bells with the former England Under 21 cap, and he said: “I can see some similarities.

“That Hull team had great team spirit and worked for each other, and I think you saw that with us in the second half.

“We didn’t play as well as we can, but we still ground it out.

“It’s only one win, we’re not going to get carried away. We’ll be back in training to go again at Barnsley.”

Marney won’t be available at Oakwell tonight after picking up his fifth booking at Hull, but he was delighted with his goal and the result at the KC Stadium: “It’s a great result. They’re a good team and have been doing really well, so to come here and get three points and a clean sheet is great.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet.

“It’s about the team though, and the back four was tremendous. The two centre halves were as good as they’ve been all season probably.

“It was a big performance needed from them.

“We’re doing a lot of work on the training ground – hard work on defensive shape. It’s not been a problem scoring goals but we were conceding too many. The lads are taking on board what the new gaffer’s saying and we’ve worked well underneath him.

“It was a game of two halves. I thought we played really well in the first half and looked really dangerous on the counter attack and felt comfortable. They gave it a go in the second half but there were some big performances from us.”

Marney’s third goal of the season ensured the points, but he feels he can get more from an attacking midfield role: “I’ve had a few chances in recent weeks. It was a great ball from Ross and it was nice to score.

“Since the new manager has come in and I’ve had the more advanced role I’ve been working on my finishing. I’ve missed a few good chances in the last few weeks. But if you don’t shoot you don’t score so at least I was getting in those positions.

“It was a nice one to go in.

“I’ve never looked at myself as a sitting midfielder really.

“Different managers have different opinions and the old manager thought that was my best position. I felt I could do well there but I felt I could offer the team a bit more energy.

“Earlier in the season under the old manager I played in more of a sitting role. You want to play but I felt I could offer a lot more attacking and get around the pitch a little bit more.

“I’m enjoying that position now.

“It’s one of those things. Your form dips up and down but I feel good at the minute.

“Chris (McCann) and Stocky (Brian Stock) have been great.

“The three of us have a good understanding and we’re working well together at the minute and hopefully that will continue.”

However, he admitted getting carried away after his goal with the Hull fans, some of whom booed him on his return: “Probably looking back I regret that a little bit, but I was getting a little bit of stick and I suppose it’s just a reaction.

“It’s only the second time I’ve come back. It’s a different club now, there’s only one or two that are still here.

“I had a really enjoyable time there, getting promoted, but now I’m enjoying my time at Burnley and hopefully we can do the same.”

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