Sean Dyche happy with Burnley point against Middlesbrough
By Dan Long
Last Updated: 08/04/17 8:03pm
Sean Dyche said he was pleased with Burnley's performance against Middlesbrough as the Clarets recorded their third Premier League shutout in four games.
With five points gained from those four games, the Lancashire side also all-but re-affirmed their Premier League status at the first attempt with the draw at the Riverside.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the encounter, Dyche applauded his side.
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"You've seen again today what a side Tottenham are, so it's no disgrace losing to them at the beginning of this run. To come out of that with a big win against Stoke - an important win - and then to come here today and get another point on the board is very pleasing.
"We have total respect for every team and particularly when you're going away to these grounds, it's very difficult. They [Middlesbrough] are getting to the point where they have to give everything and they have been doing that - I must make that clear.
"But it was almost like that extra spurt today to see if they can get that win and they didn't get there and that's down to my players. Overall, I thought it was about right actually, the draw, because they've had a big chance, big save, we've had a big chance in the second half and a few goalmouth scrambles.
"It's another clean sheet for us and another point on the table so I'm really pleased with that."
England boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance on Teeside and will have seen Tom Heaton display his goalkeeping prowess in keeping out Alvaro Negredo's scissor kick midway through the second half, but it was another of his internationals who caught the eye in the final five minutes when Michael Keane brought down Patrick Bamford.
Boro caretaker boss Steve Agnew was disappointed not to see the defender receive his marching orders, but though he hadn't seen the replays of the incident at the time, Dyche felt the Martin Atkinson's decision was correct.
"I presume the argument is - I haven't seen it - is that he wasn't clean through. Keano and him were shoulder to shoulder and that's either a coming together or it might have been a slip - I haven't seen it back. The ref's got a great view of it by the way, so if he's seen it as that or a slip, that's great officiating.
"I must say, credit to our team, because even though they had the better share of the first half, I can't remember them having too many golden chances so credit to us defensively as well but also the key moment with Tom saving that."
"I think the key is to keep going one game at a time like we have been doing. We know each game is very difficult, we know it's a big challenge so we just keep working hard and see where it takes us."