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It is rousing displays of this nature, to earn a fourth win in five games, that have won Sean Dyche so many admirers. This was almost the absolute away performance as Burnley defeated Bournemouth at their own game to leapfrog Tottenham and swagger into sixth place in the Premier League, three points off fourth.

It is no wonder the landlord at the Princess Royal pub in Burnley has mooted the idea of renaming the Womens Paul Worrilow Jersey hostelry after Dyche if they end up in the Champions League spots come the end of this rollercoaster ride in May. These are heady days Brad Daugherty Jersey in Lancashire.

“It’s absolutely amazing times for our fans, they definitely should enjoy all of this,” the Burnley manager said. “We’re not trying to be Barcelona but we are trying to mix our football and be effective in as many ways as possible. I am super pleased. The pride I have in the players and their professionalism is off the scale.”
For Burnley, a team so comfortable in their own skin, this was the perfect response after a cruel defeat by Arsenal on Sunday. Dyche said as much, admitting his team had answered any questions of their Joe Thomas Youth jersey resolve to bounce back here. For Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe there was to be no 40th birthday party, after goals by Chris Wood and Robbie Brady halted their three-match unbeaten run, with Joshua King’s late strike merely a consolation. “I joked with him before about ruining his birthday but I didn’t actually mean it,” Dyche said with a smile.
For Howe, who stood in Dyche’s shoes before him at Turf Moor between January 2011 and October 2012, Bournemouth’s sluggish start – in particular – made uneasy viewing, with a spell of concerted Burnley pressure resulting in the visitors going close. Brady fired an effort into the side-netting before Wood headed against the crossbar. Then Asmir Begovic made a fingertip save to keep out Wood’s downward header from Phil Bardsley’s centre.
Burnley were in the groove, slick and Womens Thomas Greiss Jersey savvy. Bournemouth, meanwhile, were off-colour and all at sea in defence. The next Burnley attack was of Bournemouth’s own doing. When Steve Cook surrendered possession, Wood strode forward before unselfishly poking the ball across goal in search of an onrushing Jeff Hendrick but Cook flew in to block his shot with his legs.
The Bournemouth defender was not so fortunate the next time. After a one-two with Jack Cork, Brady’s cross cannoned off Cook’s right leg and Wood reacted quickest to slot home and punish a lackadaisical backline. It was the first goal Bournemouth had conceded for 346 minutes.
They struggled to frighten the Burnley defence and Howe waited until 58 minutes to tweak his personnel, introducing the 20-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook in place of Harry Arter. Bournemouth badly needed a spark and it was one of the old guard as such, though, who almost delivered it with the captain, Simon Francis – back in the starting lineup after serving a one-match ban – rising highest to head wide from Jordon Ibe’s inswinging corner.
Jermain Defoe replaced winger Marc Pugh but the striker had barely been on the field a couple of minutes when Burnley doubled their advantage. They poured forward from inside their own half at pace, with Hendrick supplying Brady, who drifted inside before blasting a right-footed effort beyond Begovic. Burnley were rampant and Cork, twice on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea as a teenager, fizzed an effort wide from 25 yards.
Bournemouth eventually stirred 12 minutes from time. Francis’s cross found Callum Wilson, who chested the ball to Defoe before the England striker hooked the ball towards the far post, where King was lurking to prod home his second league goal of the season. “The disappointing for me is the manner of the performance,” said Howe. “We never truly got going at any stage of the game.”


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