Burnley boss Sean Dyche pleased with striker Chris Wood's return in Turf stalemate!

Sean Dyche was pleased with striker Chris Wood's return in Burnley's 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 9:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 9:24 pm

The New Zealander was given 20 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but made his first start for the Clarets since the 3-2 win against Aston Villa at Turf Moor in January.

The former Foxes frontman was described as a 'handful' by the Burnley boss, who added that the Kiwi produced moments of real quality.

The 29-year-old went close to making it a goalscoring return as well, with Kasper Schmeichel making two outstanding second half saves.

Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City makes a save from Chris Wood of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Leicester City at Turf Moor on March 03, 2021 in Burnley, England.

The Dane sprung to his left hand side to keep out Wood's header in the first instance and then turned a deflected effort around the post.

"I thought there was energy, he showed real quality, he was a handful," said Dyche. "We had a judgement call on Sunday and I decided not to go with him because he's just getting fit so we gave him a few more days to recover. I'm pleased with that decision.

"I thought he looked sharp tonight, his energy was good and he had some real quality. He got himself into some great areas and the only thing you're scratching your head at is how he didn't score a goal because he had enough chances.

"That wasn't from a want of trying, it was from their goalkeeper's very good performance."

Dyche was also full of praise for Matej Vydra's contribution as the Czech Republic international scored his first Premier League goal of the campaign.

Vydra capitalised on an error from Hamza Choudhury before side-stepping Wilfred Ndidi and beating Schmeichel with an emphatic finish after just four minutes.

He said: "I thought there was a good bit of clarity from both of them. Vyds was nice and alert for his goal, there was some good hold up play at the end and he secured the play.

"I still think he can carry on improving with that, but I think he's realised now just how important that is.

"Woody's all-round performance was good, but I thought there were a number of them tonight."