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Thursday 21 November 2019

Dyche happy with Long

Kevin Long
Kevin Long

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has praised the patience, and professionalism, of Irish defender Kevin Long for being able to cope with the lack of game time.

The Cork-born defender is the longest-serving player at Turf Moor and will celebrate 10 years at the club in January, but Long struggles to get games for the Clarets, with Ben Mee and James Tarkowski the first-choice central defenders.

Long has played just once for the club this season in the League Cup, but Dyche says he appreciates the attitude of Long and fellow sub Ben Gibson.

"Longy has been sitting there as well, he's an international footballer but he doesn't always play.

"He's probably played more than some people think and he's been digging it out for years, keeping his professionalism right, his quality levels right, his training right," says Dyche.

"That's sometimes the challenge of the job, but I think they are also honest players and are respectful of that moment in time, and at the minute, I don't think anybody will be questioning Ben and Tarky.

"They'd just go 'yeah, we get it', and it doesn't mean they're not frustrated, but they're a very honest, honest with their own professionalism."

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