No sympathy for Shackell - Dyche

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche admitted he had no sympathy for his former captain Jason Shackell after Burnley's 4-1 win over Derby County at Turf Moor.

Shackell, back at Burnley for the first time since a summer move back to Derby, gave away a penalty and saw Scott Arfield's shot deflected off him and over keeper Scott Carson for the Clarets' fourth goal, on a night to forget for the 33-year-old.


Dyche said: "There's no sympathy, he knows the script, he's a man, not a boy, he's been fantastic for me while he was at Burnley, and now he's at a different club and I hope, beyond playing us, he does fantastically well for them because he was my captain, he played virtually every single minute - he came off once with a calf - and I've got nothing but good things to say about him.


"It was a tough night, but it happens, and he'll know that."


And Dyche was delighted with a performance which outlined Burnley's defensive resilience, and attacking prowess, as they went third, leapfrogging Derby, as they became the Championship's top scorers.


It was a fourth-successive win, and Dyche said: "It was similar but different to recently, I make it clear all the time, it's very difficult to dominate 95 minutes, and we didn't do that, but that's the norm at most levels, particularly the Championship.


"But when you're not in a dominant period, you have to stay strong, and I thought we did first half.


"They're a good side and showed that first half, but we felt at half-time they may well have had their best spell, and we had to make sure they had, and we did that very well."


Burnley, after taking the lead with a Richard Keogh own goal, went in at 1-1 at half-time, but powered past the Rams in the second half, with penalties from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, before Arfield struck.


Dyche added: "I thought some of our football was excellent, we showed resilience in the first half and quality in the second, the movement, lines of movement we look for as managers to open them up, very effective, and some of the penetration was very good, from a very solid base.


"I was very pleased overall defensively, in terms of the chances they had, not just the quality of our second half.


"I asked the players at half-time, what did they think, and they said they thought they could step on further, and I said, 'well do it then!', and players work it out, sometimes it's just a nudge and a bit of guidance, and they took the information on well.


"We got on the front foot and were more effective, not only with our quality but our pressing lines, and the distances on the pitch, and that can make a big difference,


"We knocked them out of their stride and they couldn't find passes all of a sudden, they weren't as fluid and didn't switch the ball as well.


"In turn, we got a foothold, not only a foothold, we started progressing in the game, and then started scoring.


"We were very powerful from then on in."

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