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Sunday 26 January 2020

Dyche: Points are all that matter

Bournemouth 0 Burnley 1

Jay Rodriguez. Photo: PA Wire
Jay Rodriguez. Photo: PA Wire

Sean Dyche insists "no one will care" how Burnley collected points come the end of the season following another uninspiring win.

Clarets boss Dyche celebrated the 50th Premier League victory of his managerial career after substitute Jay Rodriguez struck in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 success at Bournemouth.

Rodriguez's scruffy finish was the only attempt on target of a dismal south coast encounter played in torrential rain and littered with free-kicks.

The visitors' direct, physical approach had brought chants of 'boring, boring Burnley' and 'how do you watch this every week?' from unimpressed home supporters.

But Dyche, whose side prevented Newcastle registering a shot on target during another narrow 1-0 win last weekend, is unconcerned about the manner of victories.

"It's a rarity that you keep teams from not having a shot on target and if you keep two back to back that's certainly even more rare," he said. "You've got to find a way (to win) and we found a way against Newcastle in another awkward game.

"The strange thing about it is we all remember it when we analyse it, but you know at the end of the season whatever points we've got, no one cares, trust me, they just care how many points you've got."

Speaking about his milestone victory, he added: "It doesn't sound a lot but it's tough, you must have enough games in you to get 50, so I was pleased with that."

Burnley climbed to 10th place on the back of Saturday's niggly encounter, which was interrupted by 34 fouls and six bookings.

Injury-ravaged Bournemouth remain four points above the relegation zone following a third successive home loss.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe had nine first-team players sidelined on Saturday and does not expect any imminent returns ahead of the St Stephen's Day clash with Mikel Arteta's Arsenal.

"Nothing short-term, I don't think," he said.

"We have a lot of players that shouldn't be too long but they're not going to help us this side of Christmas and New Year."

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