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Sean Dyche hails 'focused' Burnley

26 April 2014

Sean Dyche praised his side's professionalism as Burnley beat Ipswich 1-0 at Turf Moor to go beyond 90 points for the first time in their history.

Already promoted to the Barclays Premier League, Burnley hosted an Ipswich side who were searching for a victory to keep their play-off hopes alive.

But it was the team who had nothing to play for that came out on top, Michael Kightly's third goal in as many games earning Burnley the narrow victory.

It moved the Clarets on to 92 points with one game remaining, and manager Dyche believes his players deserve credit for keeping their wits about them after their promotion party.

"I am absolutely delighted," he said. "I spoke before the game and felt it was very important to go about our business in the correct manner, and I never doubted that.

"I believe in the way the players work. My personal belief is that if you do it right all of the time, then you don't need to flick that switch and turn it on.

"It was fair to say we could have had another couple of goals. [Ipswich manager] Mick McCarthy has been down this road before and is wise enough that a team may not quite retain that edge, but I am pleased with our focus - it is important to show what we have been about all season.

"Tremendous credit to our group as it is difficult with all that is going on. The focus on the game was absolutely spot on.

"That is a good thing because there is some of this group that will be competing in the division next year where there will be a lot of stuff going round and different protocols - maybe it was a tiny taster of that here."

As for Ipswich, their hopes of extending their season were ended as they now sit four points off the final play-off place with just one game remaining.

Yet rather than dwell on his own side's misfortune, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was keen to extend his best wishes to Burnley in their Premier League adventure - and in particular one of his former Wolves charges Kightly.

"I thought our performance was very good up until conceding the goal. I thought they started well but I think we grew into the game and got better," McCarthy said.

"I thought we were on top when we conceded, but we missed that one tackle and it changes the course of the game.

"But I was really pleased with my team. You win a game with really good team effort and I thought we had that, but they got a bit of good fortune in terms of missing the tackle but I thought our performance was very good.

"The difference home and away is that they have managed to keep a clean sheet and get a goal - that is the fine margins.

"Without doubt, Burnley are outstandingly good value. They have deserved it, well done to them, and they should enjoy it and not listen to all the doom and gloom.

"Kightly is a good player and if he hadn't been injured as he was at Wolves, he would have been a top player at a top team throughout. And so I am delighted for him that he's back playing at that level because he is a great kid."

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