Point a fair result - Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche shouts instructions to his team from the dug-out

Sean Dyche shouts instructions to his team from the dug-out

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt a point apiece was a fair result from a tricky opening fixture at Leeds United.

But he was disappointed not to have at least one of two solid penalty shots given in the first half.

Overall it was probably about the right result for both teams, two moments of quality in a game which was patchy

Sean Dyche

Burnley fell behind to a superb finish from Mirco Antenucci, before substitute Sam Vokes headed in debutant Tendayi Darikwa’s cross, and Dyche said: “I thought it was a really tough fixture on paper from our point of view. new manager, new manager thinking, a sort of beginning of the season feeling about the crowd when everyone is level about it, there’s no questions other than ‘let’s back the team’, and on Sky.

“Overall it was probably about the right result for both teams, two moments of quality in a game which was patchy - lots of energy and will and desire, from both teams, and pleased once again we have a belief in ourselves that we won’t go under, and we didn’t go under again, and delivered a fine bit of quality to get a point.”

He added: “I think they all look like good points if you’re 1-0 down with nine, 10 minutes to play.

“We know we’re a different animal now, we know teams want to try and beat us because we’ve just been in the Premier League, we understand that, the mentality of that, but there was no lack of mentality from us, we still think we can increase the quality - we were patchy, we’ve got more than that, but good signs overall.”

Lukas Jutkiewicz appeared to be hauled down in the area by Charlie Taylor, before Giuseppe Bellusci clearly handled to stop Jutkiewicz going clear - Kevin Friend gave neither decision Burnley’s way, and Dyche mused: “Two penalties not given, welcome to the Championship, I’m surprised we didn’t have a penalty, to be honest, at least one.

“I thought the first one was, I haven’t seen it up close, but it looked to me like Juke got dragged to the ground by his shirt, and we all know the rules. If that happens in the middle of the pitch, we all know it’s given as a foul.”

Dyche appointed keeper Tom Heaton as captain, and it was a simple process, as he said: “I said, ‘do you want to be captain?’ and he said ‘yeah’. Deadly serious, I don’t overthink it, I want everyone to play like a captain, it’s only an armband.

“He conducts himself professionally, he’s very well thought of at the club, he’s a bit of a go-to man, very sensible and articulate.

“You’ve got Duffo, Keano growing into his role, Jonah who’s been around...”

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