Burnley boss and former Watford manager Sean Dyche reflects on 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road

Watford Observer: Back on the Vicarage Road touchline: Sean Dyche. Picture: Holly Cant Back on the Vicarage Road touchline: Sean Dyche. Picture: Holly Cant

Sean Dyche praised Burnley’s spirit and their ability to stick to their game-plan after playing a Watford side who have become more defensively-minded under Beppe Sannino in his view.

The injury-hit promotion-chasing Clarets looked to be heading for back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season after Troy Deeney fired the Hornets into an early lead. But this was cancelled out by Scott Arfield late on as Burnley increased their cushion in second place to ten points following Queens Park Rangers’ defeat at Bournemouth.

Making his second return to Vicarage Road since being sacked following the Pozzo takeover, the former Hornets boss said: “I didn’t think it was just battling, I thought it was real good quality. After they scored the goal they were pretty defensive minded and they sat off us and we had to find a way of breaking them down and it was difficult because the mentality has changed from last year when it was open and free flowing.

“I think there’s now a more defensive base, certainly the games I’ve seen when we watching to see how we could play them. So I think we stuck with our game-plan really well, didn’t get disappointed by the goal, I always feel this group has got a chance to get something from the game and we’ve done it again, come from a goal down and it’s another valuable point.”

Despite seeing his side increase their advantage in second as they seek to join newly-promoted Leicester City in the Premier League, Dyche’s mantra was unchanged – focus on the next game.

He said: “I just see it as I see it all year. We’ve got a big game Tuesday, that’s been our focus all year. The next game comes around quickly and we’ll be ready for that. We’ll enjoy the moment, whatever that moment is of course, but then we look forward to the ne xt game and our one is Tuesday. We can only take care of what we do and not worry about what everyone else does.”

  • To read Beppe Sannino's thoughts on today's draw, click here.
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10:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Bush Hornet says...

Yes Sean, we did play free flowing football once, and we were starting to find some rhythm again until your lot came to take out some of our players, and succeeded with one of our most creative. Good luck in the prem, I'm sure you can do well there but I hope they give you the money to buy the kind of players who don't resort to that kind of tackle when they come up against class similar to Battochio.
Yes Sean, we did play free flowing football once, and we were starting to find some rhythm again until your lot came to take out some of our players, and succeeded with one of our most creative. Good luck in the prem, I'm sure you can do well there but I hope they give you the money to buy the kind of players who don't resort to that kind of tackle when they come up against class similar to Battochio. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 10

10:55pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Victory Yellow says...

On chances this should have been 5-2 Watford. Yes it does show that we are not ready to go up, lost too many points with mistakes;but next season if we can strengthen in the right places get rid of some waste I think we will be top 5.
Burnley - enjoy the Prem, take the money, you will be 20th on this showing today!
On chances this should have been 5-2 Watford. Yes it does show that we are not ready to go up, lost too many points with mistakes;but next season if we can strengthen in the right places get rid of some waste I think we will be top 5. Burnley - enjoy the Prem, take the money, you will be 20th on this showing today! Victory Yellow
  • Score: 6

6:20am Sun 6 Apr 14

lutondown says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
Yes Sean, we did play free flowing football once, and we were starting to find some rhythm again until your lot came to take out some of our players, and succeeded with one of our most creative. Good luck in the prem, I'm sure you can do well there but I hope they give you the money to buy the kind of players who don't resort to that kind of tackle when they come up against class similar to Battochio.
spot on Bush
i wish him well, i really do, but refuse to get dewy eyed over his style.
frustrating thing for me is that Beppe again decided to try and see the game out. we was cruising to a win and we go 4-5-1
fortune really does favour the brave eh?
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Yes Sean, we did play free flowing football once, and we were starting to find some rhythm again until your lot came to take out some of our players, and succeeded with one of our most creative. Good luck in the prem, I'm sure you can do well there but I hope they give you the money to buy the kind of players who don't resort to that kind of tackle when they come up against class similar to Battochio.[/p][/quote]spot on Bush i wish him well, i really do, but refuse to get dewy eyed over his style. frustrating thing for me is that Beppe again decided to try and see the game out. we was cruising to a win and we go 4-5-1 fortune really does favour the brave eh? lutondown
  • Score: 1

8:03am Sun 6 Apr 14

only5foot3 says...

Game plan? get behind pudil.
Game plan? get behind pudil. only5foot3
  • Score: -6

11:09am Sun 6 Apr 14

Boosey says...

Victory Yellow wrote:
On chances this should have been 5-2 Watford. Yes it does show that we are not ready to go up, lost too many points with mistakes;but next season if we can strengthen in the right places get rid of some waste I think we will be top 5.
Burnley - enjoy the Prem, take the money, you will be 20th on this showing today!
Yep had a one off fiver bet for a 5-0 win, thought it could easily have been the case.
[quote][p][bold]Victory Yellow[/bold] wrote: On chances this should have been 5-2 Watford. Yes it does show that we are not ready to go up, lost too many points with mistakes;but next season if we can strengthen in the right places get rid of some waste I think we will be top 5. Burnley - enjoy the Prem, take the money, you will be 20th on this showing today![/p][/quote]Yep had a one off fiver bet for a 5-0 win, thought it could easily have been the case. Boosey
  • Score: -4

12:39pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

lutondown wrote:
Bush Hornet wrote:
Yes Sean, we did play free flowing football once, and we were starting to find some rhythm again until your lot came to take out some of our players, and succeeded with one of our most creative. Good luck in the prem, I'm sure you can do well there but I hope they give you the money to buy the kind of players who don't resort to that kind of tackle when they come up against class similar to Battochio.
spot on Bush
i wish him well, i really do, but refuse to get dewy eyed over his style.
frustrating thing for me is that Beppe again decided to try and see the game out. we was cruising to a win and we go 4-5-1
fortune really does favour the brave eh?
Where do think Anya finished up playing .
Too many people on this site just wnt to blame Sannino no matter what !!
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: Yes Sean, we did play free flowing football once, and we were starting to find some rhythm again until your lot came to take out some of our players, and succeeded with one of our most creative. Good luck in the prem, I'm sure you can do well there but I hope they give you the money to buy the kind of players who don't resort to that kind of tackle when they come up against class similar to Battochio.[/p][/quote]spot on Bush i wish him well, i really do, but refuse to get dewy eyed over his style. frustrating thing for me is that Beppe again decided to try and see the game out. we was cruising to a win and we go 4-5-1 fortune really does favour the brave eh?[/p][/quote]Where do think Anya finished up playing . Too many people on this site just wnt to blame Sannino no matter what !! Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14

vincefromiver says...

Where do watford go from this season obviously there is enough talent in this squad to walk this league but correctly using it Is theroblem I don't think sanino is the one to get promotion I'd choose from mc Kay huddle warlock and perhaps outsider aidy
Where do watford go from this season obviously there is enough talent in this squad to walk this league but correctly using it Is theroblem I don't think sanino is the one to get promotion I'd choose from mc Kay huddle warlock and perhaps outsider aidy vincefromiver
  • Score: -7

11:49pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

Why do you think Watford should walk this league and what is that based on?
Why do you think Watford should walk this league and what is that based on? Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 2

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