"There are still more games to play and important points to gather" - Sean Dyche after Burnley's 4-0 romp at Wolves

Burnley won't be relaxing after moving nine points clear of relegation trouble, with a superb 4-0 win at Wolves.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 3:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th April 2021, 3:08 pm
Sean Dyche

Chris Wood hit a first half hat-trick and laid on a fourth goal late on for Ashley Westwood, as the Clarets climbed to 14th place, with five games to play.

It ended a run of three defeats, where Dyche felt his side had deserved more, and he was pleased to see his side's efforts rewarded in style.

Asked what pleased him most about a biggest win on the road at this level in 56 years - since a 4-0 win at Sunderland in November 1965 - Dyche said: "Certainly not the fact it's the biggest away win since 1965, it's more about the performance, and I did mention in the build up to this game, and after the last few games, that the performance levels have been very good.

"You don't always get what you think you deserve in football, and I think the performance levels have warranted more than three losses, that's for sure.

"We corrected that by correcting the details, getting the finer details right in the important moments is one of the most important things in football, and we did that at both ends of the pitch, a very thorough performance."

Safety looks almost assured, but typically Dyche won't ease off until the job is done: "It feels like another three points, an important three points, they all do.

"I've been super-pleased, after seven games we had two points, and we've come a long way since, the points return since has been healthy, the consistency of performance levels has been healthy, and over a season I believe in that.

"It's nice when it does work out for you, but the players deserve a massive amount of credit, but there are still more games to play and important points to gather.

"Staying the course of the season is important and our players have the mentality to do that."

For Wood, his treble saw him hit 10 for the season, and he has now reached double figures in all four seasons for the club, since a record £15m move from Leeds in 2017.

Dyche said: "I've spoken to him many times, there's still things he can improve in his game, I still think his hold up play can improve, because he's a very physical, strong player, but I've always thought, the reason I signed him back when we did, was because he finds a chance, a way of getting in a position to score a goal.

"Certain things in football are hard to coach, there's like an instinct in players, and he does find a way of being in the right place at the right time.

"I think we've got a clutch of strikers who do that well on any given run of form, but he's in good form, he's performed very well over the last few weeks, and he's shown it again with a hat-trick and an assist."

And the manager was also delighted at a first clean sheet in eight games: "I thought the back five had been questioned for the first time in quite a while, and their performance was excellent.

"As a unit they were strong, Popey came in and was pretty well protected, Ben and Tarky's positional sense, Chas working ever so hard to shut down Traore, ably assisted by Dwight, putting a shift in, and Matt Lowton doing a good job as well.

"They've had a couple of question marks from outside, but I think they were terrific, as well as the prowess of the team going forward."