Clarets boss hails his side’s “powerful will and demand”

Burnley's Andre Gray celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Matthew Taylor
Burnley's Andre Gray celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Matthew Taylor
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Clarets boss Sean Dyche hailed his side’s “powerful will and demand” as the two goals in the last 12 minutes saw off Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.

Burnley had led through a David Jones free kick, only for Atdhe Nuhiu to head an equaliser.

We’re beginning to form a group we feel can be very competitive

Sean Dyche

Andre Gray, on his home debut, crafted a second for Matty Taylor, before Gray rounded off the scoring with a goal all his own work, closing down :Liam Palmer before slotting home.

The Clarets were still far from cohesive against the Owls, but Dyche said: “I think yet again, you saw a side who have good technicians and a very big targetman - that will never go out of fashion - he’s a big handful and played ever so well, and their technicians played off him.

“They were playing in the top third then, and we dealt with it well in the main, we had a 20-minute spell where we couldn’t get a grip of the game, but came through it, as we tend to, with our strength of organisation, will and demand, or a group of people who want to do well.

“They are powerful things, you can’t put your finger on it, but they are powerful things, and I think there is still more to come.

“We have players who are moulding, getting used to each other, getting fitter, Andre and Rouwen looked fitter, Matty Taylor supplies quality, and we’re beginning to form a group we feel can be very competitive.”

Dyche added: “When we calmed the game down after they were excellent for the first 20 minutes of the second half - first half I didn’t think there was much in it - they got our organisation off kilter, but slowly but surely, I could sense we were getting back on top, and a fine stand up by Andre for Matty Taylor’s goal, and the rawness Andre has got is a powerful weapon, and he goes after things others maybe wouldn’t.

“That will and demand to press from the front, that’s how I like my strikers to work. That was on show and he was very unlucky not to catch the keeper twice with a block.

“He was very composed with the goal, when you’ve pressed as he did, the heartbeat is going, the brain, is going, and to compose himself and clip it inside the defender and drag one under the keeper, it was a real mark of a good goalscorer.”

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