Dyche hails mentality after stunning comeback

Clarets boss Sean Dyche was delighted with his players' mentality at recovering a two-goal deficit to claim a point at Cardiff.

Rouwen Hennings
Rouwen Hennings

However, his joy was tempered with his disappointment at referee Darren Drysdale's performance, as George Boyd appeared to have an effort turned over by a Cardiff defender's hand, while Tom Heaton was seemingly impeded for the Bluebirds' second goal.

Rouwen Hennings gave Burnley a lifeline four minutes from time, before Michael Keane's injury time header was diverted into his own goal by Matthew Connolly.

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Dyche said: "Fantastic mentality, mixed with some good quality, certainly for the first goal, which makes a game of it.

"And the mentality to see though the decisions that went against us, and focus on the game, was fantastic.

"I talk to the players about it a lot, if anyone is going to criticise the referee, it will be me, you get on with playing the game.

"I thought the clarity to se through...I must make it clear, I haven't seen it again, but it looks like an absolute handball, which is not just a penalty, it's a sending off, but my instant reaction, and my players', was he tipped it away from the top corner - the ball deviates from a straight line into the top corner, outside of the goal, so something has happened along the way.

"I know these balls move a lot, but they don't move that much.

"Boydy has as good a view as anyone, it's fair to say he's an honest lad, so either he's got it wrong, or he's got it right, I can't define that until I see it properly again."

He added: "Despite that, to see though a number of decisions that went against us, a really poor surface for a Championship pitch at this stage of the season - for both teams - I thought we shifted the ball about well actually - they got a bit of energy after the decision goes their way, they nick a goal, and a second in the second half.

"They were two poor goals from our standards - we've been very strong this year on set pieces, and you are wondering.

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"But again, the mentality and quality - the first goal is a great goal, people think it's just a furore at the end of the game, if you watch it back, it's a great goal, the movement off the ball, the find from Boydy, a great turn from Hennings, and he smashes the ball in the corner.

"We had the one wriggle from the keeper from Matty Taylor, which Dean Marney was a yard from and couldn't quite get there, we had the two chances first half, one cleared off the line - we did a lot in the game against a side that are going well, particularly at home.

"They've had their ups and downs away, but this is still a tough place to come."