Burnley 1-0 Blackburn Rovers: Sean Dyche and Paul Lambert reaction
By PA sport
Last Updated: 05/03/16 6:41pm
Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes his team's ability to win ugly will be a crucial asset in their promotion push after beating Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Turf Moor.
Andre Gray's 16th-minute penalty, after Shane Duffy had fouled George Boyd, proved to be decisive as Burnley extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to 12 games.
The victory also saw the Clarets climb to the summit of the table and - while Dyche knows it was not the prettiest of victories - he claims that was no less than he expected.
"That's my sixth Lancashire derby and I've not seen a decent one yet," said Dyche. "They've always been tight affairs and we thought it might be that type of game again.
"It was cagey and awkward but obviously I'm delighted we came out on top and it is fantastic for the town and the fans.
"For me it's three points and another win but for the town it is a different thing.
"I thought we were good value for our lead at half-time but in the second half we just never got to grips with it and I think that's because Rovers came out with a bit of freedom and they put the ball in the box from everywhere.
"There are different ways of winning and we are showing that. Within our recent run there is a great mixture of how to win games and I believe in mixed styles of football in order to win."
At times, Burnley looked far from the country's in-form team and it took a daft challenge from Duffy to break the deadlock.
As Boyd controlled the ball with his back to the goal, the Blackburn defender clumsily stretched out to bring him down and Gray smashed the resulting spot-kick straight down the middle for his 21st goal of the campaign.
Elliott Bennett came closest to equalising by forcing Tom Heaton into two good saves but although they left empty-handed, Rovers boss Paul Lambert is adamant there were positives for his side.
"I thought we should have won," said Lambert. "We were brilliant on Tuesday and we were great today.
"I'm sitting here totally relaxed because I thought we played a right good game against a side who have a lot of Premier League players and have more money than us.
"You wouldn't have noticed the points difference today and that's the level I want my players to play at.
"I am as confident as I was the day I first walked through the door - I have a group of lads that I think are top players and if they can get a little bit of help this summer let's see what can happen next year.
"We are close to being a right good side. They're a great group to work with and with a bit of luck we would have got something."