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Dyche hails mentality of Burnley

Burnley 2-1 Leicester City


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Sean Dyche praised the mentality of his Burnley players after they came from behind to beat Champions League-chasing Leicester 2-1 and haul themselves clear of the relegation zone.

Burnley, who had lost their previous four Premier League games, might have been expected to fold after Harvey Barnes fired a dominant Leicester in front in the 33rd minute but the game changed in a lively second half.

Chris Wood poked Burnley level in the 56th minute before Nick Pope saved a penalty from Jamie Vardy, setting the stage for Ashley Westwood to strike an emphatic winner 11 minutes from time.

The win gives Burnley a five-point cushion above the drop zone and lifts the mood considerably ahead of a trip to face Manchester United on Wednesday.

"I look at mentalities and performances," Dyche said. "I thought the performance was there. They work on it all week, they've been excellent all week and they delivered. To have the mentality to go and deliver against the questions from a few different areas is very good."

For Leicester it was a second consecutive defeat, both in games where they took the lead. This one cost them the chance to move level with second-placed Manchester City but Brendan Rodgers said he could only be disappointed with the result, not his side's performance.

"I thought we deserved to win the game, we just didn't take our chances," Rodgers said. "That was a mixture of their keeper making some brilliant saves and our finishing."