Burnley manager Sean Dyche has stated that his side’s 3-2 Premier League win against Chelsea would have shocked the modest club’s doubters.
In a dramatic game at Stamford Bridge, Sam Vokes (with a brace) and Stephen Ward scored for the Clarets who faced a nine-man Chelsea side with red cards issued to Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.
“It quietens down a few stories,” Dyche said to Sky Sports.
“Your first win of course is always important when you are written off like we are every year. And your first away win is important after last season [not getting one until April], so it kills a few things off early doors.
“It allows our players just that little edge of growth. We have still got a team that needs to keep moving forwards.
“Big decisions changed the outcome, quite obviously. The first half pleased me because although Chelsea went to 10 men it was not easy.”
Dyche hinted he was unsure what approach Antonio Conte would deploy in the second half.
“We kept going, kept probing and it’s 3-0 at the interval. And it was weird at half-time because you’re three up away at Chelsea and you have to decide how you’re going to approach it from there,” he added.
“Chelsea have players of such calibre and to see the game through is so pleasing. It was a fantastic three points and the referee, I just want to say, was fantastic.
“Our mentality I was really pleased with, to see the game through. We had to get on, get the job done and I’m pleased we have done that. But we are not naive – we know this is only the start of the season.”
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