Burnley boss Sean Dyche on what prompted a rousing second half comeback against Aston Villa

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Sean Dyche just reminded his players of their strengths at half-time, as he prompted a remarkable comeback against Aston Villa.

The Clarets trailed 1-0 at the break at Turf Moor against Villa, to an Ollie Watkins goal, and could have been out of sight, with Villa only denied further goals by the woodwork and a number of fine saves from Nick Pope.

But, having been outplayed, Burnley got on the front foot in the second half, equalised through Ben Mee, and though they fell behind again to a Jack Grealish goal, Dwight McNeil scored and created the winner for Chris Wood.

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Dyche said: "We've never lacked resilience or belief. I thought Villa were excellent first half, by far the better team.

"They looked more confident on the ball, good shape without the ball, we didn't really ask too many questions, and they did.

"But our diligence saw us through that half well, blocks by the centre halves went in...a soft goal from our point of view, Popey made a couple of big saves,. and we stayed in it.

"At half-time, I said to the players 'I don't think they can be as strong second half, and we can do miles better'.

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"So there was no shouting or screaming, just pointing out what I felt was the obvious.

"It wasn't a breakthrough in tactical thinking, just the basics, five yards higher up the pitch, more belief and desire in their pressing, and when we get the ball, be more calm to make the right decisions, and affect them in a different style.

"Second half was a completely different feel, us getting on the front foot without possession, and playing when we could with possession.

"The mentality, we've never lacked, so to see the game through, and doing what we needed to do to see out the game, we've never been short of that."

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Burnley now have 22 points at the halfway stage of the season, having had two from their first eight fixtures, and Dyche explained: "We had to correct things first with the fitness situation, which has improved no end, and our defending came back to us, we started doing better with our shape.

"Now we're beginning to find that balance again, which we've found many times.

"It's not a given for us, and we have to continue to work hard at it, I've always believed the centre forwards would score goals, and I thought Woody was excellent in the second half.

"Barnesy scored last Thursday, Jay Rod on Sunday, and I just felt if we could do the diligent things often enough, these guys, who have done a good job for us over the years, would score again.

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"Now we're getting goals from elsewhere as well, which is brilliant.

"We've had to find different ways to score down the years, and I'm pleased with how we've done with that again.

"The good thing with working with a group of people for a long time is you begin to trust more and more what they are about, so I had total trust at half-time, I just reminded them of the details in our performance, and it paid us back."

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