Sean Dyche felt Burnley’s good habits in training paid off after his side came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

The former Hornets boss admitted his side were not at the best but praised their “strong mentality” after a quick-fire double from Sam Vokes and Jack Cork secured a fourth successive victory for the Clarets and moved them to move the Clarets within two points of sixth-placed Arsenal.

Dyche said: “A strong mentality was needed today; good with all the basics, good with doing the nitty-gritty things in a game which we do well because they had spells of being the better side, and you also need a scratch of luck. But over the season I’m not going to cry about it too much because I don’t think we’ve always had that, but good for different reasons today.”

The win was also Burnley’s third in a row on the road and Dyche continued: “It’s hard to really the question the performance because we were very good at West Brom, very good in the second half against West Ham, very good against Everton, it’s hard for us to keep that level constantly, so sometimes you have a bit of a dip like we did today at times, but all the good habits that they put into training every day paid us back I think.

“I’ve never spoken as if we’re going to roll teams over every week because we’re trying to build, we’re trying to improve all the time but we have to find different ways of winning and today we did with two set-piece scenarios and not that many other chances.

“We had a golden chance in the first half where Woody (Chris Wood’s disallowed goal) is given offside, I think it just is, and other than the couple of big chances in the second half a couple of maybes – good situations but not necessarily chances – but we took the two chances.”

Asked if he had targeted set pieces as a potential way of beating the Hornets, Dyche responded: “Not particularly. We felt we could affect the back four, we know they’ve conceded a lot of goals over the season, but we’re trying to give good information to the players about all aspects of the opposition.

“They were decent today, don’t get me wrong, I think they’ve got a decent side, so we’ve had to work very, very hard to get a result.”